Boris Johnson says Cornwall is ‘perfect location’ for G7 summit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Cornwall is the ‘perfect location’ for this summer’s ‘crucial’ G7 summit.

Prime Ministers and Presidents from the world’s leading democracies – including possibly Joe Biden’s first overseas visit since becoming President of the USA – will come together in Cornwall in June when the UK hosts the G7 Summit.

The Prime Minister said: “As the most prominent grouping of democratic countries, the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action to tackle the greatest challenges we face. From cancelling developing world debt to our universal condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world has looked to the G7 to apply our shared values and diplomatic might to create a more open and prosperous planet.

“Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced. It is only right that we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.

“Cornwall is the perfect location for such a crucial summit. Two hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement. I’m very much looking forward to welcoming world leaders to this great region and country.”

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The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and the EU – is the only forum where leaders of the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions.

The likes of Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau will also be joined by the leaders of Australia, India and South Korea who will attend as guests.

The choice of Cornwall as the location for the Summit will mean the eyes of the world are on the region. The leaders’ meeting itself will be held on June 11 to 13 at the Carbis Bay Estate, but additional locations across the whole of Cornwall will reap the benefits of hosting the G7.

Contingencies are also in place to respond to public health advice and ensure the Summit is Covid-safe.

International delegates will also be staying at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives and other locations in neighbouring St Ives and around Cornwall.

Cornwall Airport Newquay and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth will also play an official role in the Summit with the town hosting UK and international media.

Visit Cornwall estimates the total economic impact for the region will be £50 million, including through an increase in future tourism. 20% of Cornwall’s jobs are already linked to the tourism industry.

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