March 26, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following response to the G20 Leaders’ Summit Statement on COVID-19 released today, affirming a commitment to enhancing cooperation to fight the pandemic, safeguard the global economy and address international trade disputes.

“As the G20 countries come together to address the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, we recognize that no single country, no matter how powerful, can defeat this threat to public health and global economic stability alone.”

“In this challenging global juncture, it is critically important to preserve and strengthen the movement of goods across countries. We rely on interconnected global supply chains, which can be mobilized to deliver the necessary products where they are needed and according to the acute needs of patients and healthcare systems around the world.”

“With these goals in mind, the U.S. Chamber welcomes the G20’s commitment to facilitate international trade and ensure the continued flow of the medical supplies and materials that are needed to combat COVID-19, as well as the many other goods and services that are critical to keep economies functioning.”

“We are encouraged by the G20’s pledge to strengthen global cooperation to combat COVID-19. To realize this goal, the Chamber urges G20 members to work urgently to ensure a transparent and stable trade environment, which is critical to ensure sustained and equitable access to lifesaving supplies for patients and medical providers.”

“The business community stands ready to support the G20 in their efforts to develop coordinated responses to the pandemic, including collaboration with the G20 Ministers of Health as they prepare for a virtual meeting next month.”