Trade, tax, transparency on June G8 meet agenda - UK

LONDON Wed Jan 2, 2013 1:51am GMT

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in London December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in London December 19, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Trade, tax compliance and promoting greater transparency will be the main focus of the next meeting of leaders of the Group of Eight major economies in June, Britain said on Wednesday as it assumed the group's rotating presidency.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped the group's seven other member nations - the United States, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, Canada and Germany - would join Britain in trying to "fire up economies and drive prosperity".

"At the heart of my agenda for the Summit are three issues - advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting greater transparency," Cameron said in a letter to other G8 leaders.

The next G8 meeting is expected to be held in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland.

On trade, Cameron said deals between the European Union and Canada, Japan and the United States was on the table, and efforts are also expected to be made to close international tax loopholes and strengthen global tax standards.

Cameron also hopes to boost transparency and accountability of aid spending.

The British prime minister said the G8 economies together account for around half of the world's economic output and so should be able to achieve ambitious goals.

However, experts question the group's continuing relevancy given it does not include rising powers China, Brazil or India.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas)

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