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Mr. Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Attends Meetings Related to the G20 Osaka Summit

July 1, 2019

From June 27 (Thur.) to 29 (Sat.), 2019, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, visited Osaka to attend the meetings related to the G20 Osaka Summit. He, as the minister responsible for digital economy, attended the Leaders’ Special Event on Digital Economy, a meeting held taking the opportunity of the summit meeting.  He also joined a series of summit meetings including Japan-Russia meeting. Moreover, he held meetings with ministers and other delegates participating the G20 meetings.

1. Leaders’ Special Event on Digital Economy

As the minister responsible for digital economy, Minister Seko attended the Leaders’ Special Event on Digital Economy held on June 28, a meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe. Leaders from 27 countries joined the event, and Prime Minister Abe declared to launch the Osaka Track at the event.

2. Attending bilateral summit meetings

Minister Seko joined a series of summit meetings: Japan and Russia, Japan and the EU, Japan and India, Japan and Australia, Japan and China, Japan and the United States, and Japan and the United States-India.

3. Bilateral meetings with ministers from participating countries

(1) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Industry, and H.E. Mr. Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Trade, Indonesia
Minister Seko held a meeting with Minister Airlangga and Minister Enggartiasto.

The two sides confirmed and welcomed the progress in the deliberations on. General Review of the Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement (JIEPA). Following this, Minister Seko and Minister Airlangga signed a Framework Document on New MIDEC. Furthermore, Minster Seko exchanged views on Indonesian automobile policies with Minister Airlangga and on possible approaches to advancing the RCEP negotiations to conclude by the end of 2019 with Minister Enggartiasto.

(2) Meeting with Dr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce, China

At the meeting with Minister Zhong, the two sides held discussions on the WTO reform, the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity (GFSEC) and other issues. They agreed on cooperation in concluding the RCEP negotiations by the end of 2019.

(3) Meeting with Mr. Alexey Likhachev, Director General, Rosatom, state atomic energy corporation of Russia

At the meeting with Director General Likhachev, the two sides confirmed progress in the bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and other fields, including the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

(4) Meetings with H.E. Mr. Alexander Valentinovich Novak, Minister of Energy, Russia

Under the co-chairmanship of Minister Seko and Minister Novak, the seventh meeting of the Japan-Russia Energy Initiative Council was held. Participants confirmed the progress in Japan-Russia energy cooperation in the fields of hydrocarbon, nuclear energy, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

(5) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Maksim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development, Russia

At the dinner meeting with Minister Oreshkin, the two sides confirmed the results of the eight-point cooperation plan toward the convening of the Japan-Russia summit meeting to be held on the following day. Following this, they concluded three documents: a Joint Statement Concerning the Revision of the Work Plan for Specifying the Eight-Point Cooperation Plan, Joint Action Plan Concerning Cooperation in the Field of Digital Economy and a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding Concerning Climate Change and Improvement of Energy Efficiency.

4. Attending a Japan-Russia Business Meeting

Minister Seko attended a Japan-Russia Business Meeting organized by the Japan Association for Trade with Russia and NIS, the Japan-Russia Business Cooperation Committee of Keidanren, the Russian-Japanese Business Council, and Business Russia. He delivered a speech as a guest of honor and stressed Japan-Russia economic ties and the progress in the eight-point cooperation plan. Following this, representatives of companies from Japan and Russia exchanged views.

Division in Charge

International Economic Affairs Division, Trade Policy Bureau