There are no plans for sightseeing tours, shopping sprees or three-anything lunches when leaders from 20 countries, accompanied by large delegations of officials, business people and journalists, visit the capital during the next two days for a world economic summit.
By Pamela Constable
Washington Post Staff Writer
Instead, the event promises to be brief, sober and businesslike, in keeping with the grim financial outlook facing every country at the summit, including the host, and the timing of the meeting during a power lull between administrations in Washington.
“There will not be much time. Our delegation will arrive at 6 p.m. tomorrow and leave right after the meeting and possibly a press conference Saturday,” Emanuel Lenain, a spokesman for the French Embassy, said yesterday. Between formal discussions, he said, President Nicolas Sarkozy “will work and work.” His glamorous wife, former model Carla Bruni, will not be with him, and he will attend tonight’s White House dinner alone.
G-20 To Consider Monitoring World Banking Among Proposal
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, November 14, 2008; Page A01
Nations are close to adopting a series of measures aimed at combating a global recession and laying the groundwork for a broad reconstruction of the international financial system, as world leaders arrive in Washington for a major economic summit this weekend.