Fwd: Travel pool 2/G7 finance meeting with SE Asian nations

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From: "Nakamura, David" >
Date: May 27, 2016 at 10:24:37 AM GMT+9
To: "xxx@email.com" >, "Desiree N. Barnes" >
Subject: Travel pool 2/G7 finance meeting with SE Asian nations

At 9:15 a.m. pool led into conference room for the G7 leaders for a working session with SE Asian nations, including Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Loas. International finance institutions including World Bank, IMF, OECD and other acronyms. A long conference table was set up in the middle draped in white table cloth with bouquets of flowers. Light wood triangular country name cards, with respective country flag on each, marked each seat and small microphones were set up near each seat. 10 smaller tables were set up behind each side for support staff. Large flags stood on one side under the Ise-Shima Summit logo. A bonsai tree, with lacy, manicured branches accented the space and was lit with a soft spotlight.
Leaders began filing in, including Canada's Trydeau in blue shirt with no suit jacket and sleeves rolled up. He spoke energetically with IMF director Christine Lagarde who was seated next to him.

At 10:11 Potus enters and goes around the table warmly greeting other leaders. He shook hands with the Laos representative and did a small bowing gesture with his head. Obama will become the first president to visit Laos this fall for the ASEAN summit and he seemed pleased to see the Loas leader as they spoke for about 30 seconds.

At 10:13 Abe opened the meeting and the pool was removed from the room.

The WH on passes this guidance:
And background on the meeting:

Japan has identified women's empowerment, health, and quality infrastructure as key themes for two "Outreach Sessions" at today's G7 summit meetings. Invited Outreach Partners include Bangladesh, Chad, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the UN, OECD, IMF, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank.

In the first outreach session, G7 leaders will discuss development issues in the Asia context, and have a chance to engage with the six Asian Outreach Partners (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka.) In the second outreach session, G7 leaders will discuss development issues from a global perspective, including implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this session, G7 leaders will have a chance to hear from the President of Chad, in his capacity as rotating African Union chair.
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