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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki Visits the Italian Republic

From September 25 (Mon.) to 26 (Tue.), 2017, Mr. Daisaku Hiraki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Turin, the Italian Republic, to attend the G7 ICT and Industry Ministerial Meeting. Taking this opportunity, he held separate meetings with H.E. Mr. Carlo Calenda, Minister of Economic Development, Italy, a chair of the G7, and H.E. Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, the European Union (EU).

1. G7 ICT and Industry Ministerial Meeting

Under the chairmanship of Minister Calenda, the meeting brought together ministerial-level officials from the G7 countries (Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and the EU) and a representative from the OECD Secretariat. As representatives of Japan, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki and Mr. Shinsuke Okuno, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications attended the meeting. Taking this opportunity, both a Multi-stakeholder Conference that brought together representatives of business, academia, and civil society, etc.; and an I-7 Innovators’ Strategic Advisory Board on People-Centered Innovation that brought together innovators from the G7 countries, were held. Participants in these meetings, including the representatives of Japan, exchanged views on issues pertaining to digitalizing economy and society.
At the G7 ICT and Industry Ministerial Meeting, participants proactively held discussions concerning the following: industrial policies in the era of digitalization, support measures aimed at encouraging SMEs to introduce digitalization efforts, securing the free flow of information, cybersecurity for businesses, and other issues.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki on his way to the meeting
Multi-stakeholder Conference

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki explained the “Connected Industries” concept, which is a policy that METI is promoting, and stressed the significance of: ⅰ) establishing mechanisms for facilitating sharing and utilization of data, such as the Contract Guidelines on Data Utilization Rights; ⅱ) identifying data in cooperative domains (or sharable data) in each major field through public-private partnership discussions; and ⅲ)promoting further discussions and concrete actions toward data sharing and utilization. Participating G7 countries showed understanding of and interest in his statement.

In addition, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki stressed that G7 countries must cooperate, through sharing rules and standards internationally, in addressing the issue of digital protectionism under which countries introduce unjustified restrictions concerning the digital field in the name of cybersecurity and privacy protection.

He also requested the cooperation of member countries in carrying over the achievements made during the G7 Italian presidency to G20 Japan in 2019 in order to achieve outcomes that will contribute to global society.

2. Meetings with Minister Calenda and Vice-President Ansip

On the margins of the Ministerial Meeting, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki proactively held bilateral meetings with the representatives of participating countries, aiming to fortify cooperative relationships between the countries and regions under the G7 framework.

In particular, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki held separate meetings with Minister Calenda, Italy, and Vice-President Ansip, the EU, with which Japan has been advancing the negotiations concerning the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and both sides confirmed at each meeting [ⅰ] the significance of advancing cooperation in the areas of industry and regulations, in particular in the digital field, with an eye on the final agreement of the Japan-EU EPA, and [ⅱ] the promotion of concrete cooperation, including establishing a framework for IoT utilization.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki’s meeting with EU Vice-President Ansip*
Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki’s meeting with Italian Minister Calenda*
*Both meetings were held with MIC State Minister Okuno

Release date

September 27, 2017

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