Leaders at plenary meeting, finance ministers

SHOTLIST
1. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Italian Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti
2. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
3. South African President Kgalema Motlanthe
4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, others, Merkel walks away
5. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
6. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai Prime Minister and the current head of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc
7. International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn with President of World Bank Robert Zoellick
8. Mirek Topolanek , Czech Prime Minister and current holder of European Presidency
8. Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso introduces the Japanese Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano
10. President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso
11. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
12, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
13. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with delegation
14. Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner
15. Aso with Medvedev
16. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
17. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
18. Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens
19. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with US President Barack Obama and others, UPSOUND (English) Obama: “There’s my man, right here…the most popular politician on earth…it’s because of his good looks.”
20. Saudi delegation arrives
21. Saudi Arabian Minister for Financial Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf
STORYLINE
Global leaders made headway on Thursday on tackling the world’s worst financial crisis since the 1930s, with possible deals to give more money to the International Monetary Fund and clamp down on tax havens and freewheeling hedge funds.
A British official said the Group of 20 rich and developing countries would likely approve giving more than 500 (b) billion US dollars to the IMF so it can increase its loans to governments struggling because of the financial crisis. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing.
Two other people close to the negotiations said France and Germany had persuaded the Group of 20 leaders to back tougher language in the final statement on stronger financial regulations to avoid a repeat of the current crisis.
They refused to be further identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media while talks continued.
Opening the summit in London’s east Docklands district, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said there was strong unity among leaders upon the need for action.
A draft communique, however, suggested that details still needed to be firmed up.
Britain’s Finance Secretary Stephen Timms said early discussions had been “lively,” but added that countries would agree on sanctions against countries who refuse to sign up to new rules on regulating tax havens.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been adamant that the G-20 meeting must take concrete steps to more closely regulate banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions.
Sarkozy had previously threatened to walk out if the summit didn’t achieve a strong statement on new financial regulations, warning that he considered action on tax havens, hedge funds and ratings agencies as the absolute minimum the negotiations must resolve.
Sarkozy and Merkel want the G-20 to publish a blacklist of tax havens and announce sanctions at the end of Thursday’s meeting.
Obama has acknowledged that U.S. regulatory failures contributed to the crisis in the financial system, but urged a focus on solutions, saying “we can only meet this challenge together.”

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