HIGHLIGHTS-Comments from policymakers after G20 meeting in Sydney

Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:30am EST
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SYDNEY Feb 23 (Reuters) - The world's top economies have embraced a goal of expanding activity by more than $2 trillion over five years while creating tens of million of new jobs, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them.

The final communique from the two-day meeting of Group 20 finance ministers and central bankers in Sydney said they would take concrete action to increase investment and employment, among other reforms. The group accounts for around 85 percent of the global economy.

Following are comments from key policymakers at the G20.



"Each country will take to the Brisbane summit it's plan for economic growth overall. The plan is to get to a potential increase in G20 GDP of 2 percent or more. We don't have central planning out of the G20 for individual countries.

"There was proper recognition that the movement of monetary policy in major developed countries is going to have an impact on emerging economies and there was proper recognition that will be taken into account in the foreseeable future."