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UK assumes Presidency of the G8

Prime Minister David Cameron writes to G8 leaders setting out his priorities for the year.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has written to G8 leaders outlining his priorities for the G8 Presidency.

The UK has assumed the one-year Presidency of the G8 during 2013. The Prime Minister’s priority during the G8 Presidency will be the global economy. He will use the Presidency to help generate growth, jobs and prosperity for the long term. To achieve this the UK G8 will focus on open economies, open governments and open societies to support free trade, tackle tax evasion and encourage greater transparency and accountability.

In the letter Mr Cameron writes:

As the UK takes over the Presidency of the G8, I wanted to write myself to begin a discussion with you about what we can achieve together. We will be meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June.

Northern Ireland’s prospects have been transformed by the peace process of the last twenty years - and it is a mark of the progress made that we can hold a G8 Summit there.

It is clear that in 2013 the world will continue to face grave economic uncertainty. Our first priority will be dealing with the challenges in our own countries. But as leaders of eight countries making up around half of the world’s entire GDP, the ambitious standards we set and the bold steps we take by working together through the G8 can make a tangible difference by firing up economies and driving prosperity, not just in our own countries, but all over the world.”

Read the Prime Minister’s full letter to G8 leaders.

Published 2 January 2013