Industry backlash over Evening Standard comment

Chief executive of events industry association Eventia, Izania Donie, has replied to the Evening Standard’s columnist Simon Jenkins’ editorial on 24 March concerning the G20 summit.

Headlined as ‘Stay home, swap notes by email: London does not need this G20 summit’, the article questions the validity of the G20 Summit due to be held at Excel London on 2 April, bringing together 20 of the world’s industrial and emerging-market countries’ representatives, including UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President Barrack Obama.

Jenkins says: “No benefit will follow next week’s hell on earth in London. The leaders of the major economies attending the G20 summit have lost the plot. They roam the world at get-togethers, agreeing on nothing but the urgency of meeting again.”

“Jenkins disappointingly seems to have simply jumped on the anti-meetings bandwagon, but in doing so has also tried to shoot down some initiatives that will help not only the UK, but also the world,” says Donie.

Believing the summit was a waste of government funding, “the internet and the conference call were supposed to render such gatherings obsolete,” says Jenkins.

However, Downie argues: “for key meetings where major debates take place and decisions are made, people need face-to-face interaction, where no one can hide from the issues.”

Paul Colston

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