July 23, 2020
In the evening of July 22 (Wed.), 2020, a G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting was held via video conference, and Mr. Makihara Hideki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, participated in the meeting. The ministers in attendance held discussions on future directions of efforts which member countries should take to accelerate utilization of digital technologies and they adopted a ministerial declaration.
At the meeting, the ministers took into consideration the results of the Extraordinary G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting held in April 2020 to discuss measures against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and, based on this, held discussions on future directions of efforts which member countries should take toward achievement of the details discussed at the G20 Ibaraki-Tsukuba Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy in 2019 held under the chairmanship of Japan. Following this, they adopted a ministerial declaration.
The meeting was held via video conference and, as representatives of Japan, State Minister Makihara and Mr. Terada Minoru, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, participated in the meeting.
At the meeting, State Minister Makihara stated that as a dramatic increase is seen in the amount of international data distribution, it is important for member countries to continue to hold discussions on “Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT),” a concept, which Prime Minister Abe proposed at a Davos Meeting in 2019, for promoting free data flows in parallel with securing consumers’ and businesses’ “trust” in such flows, while sharing information with other countries.
Moreover, he mentioned that policies for digital technologies should be agile and flexible and, based on this idea, explained Japan’s efforts for “governance innovation” or future visions that Japan proposed at the G20 Ibaraki-Tsukuba Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy in 2019.
Highlights of the ministerial declaration are as follows.
- The ministers reaffirm the importance of the G20 AI Principles, on which member countries agreed at the G20 Ibaraki-Tsukuba Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy in 2019, the principles aiming at promotion of development and utilization of AI under the human-centered approach, and they note a list of examples of member countries’ policies for promoting the G20 AI Principles which was formulated.
- They reaffirm the importance of DFFT and cross-border data flows, on which member countries agreed at the G20 Ibaraki-Tsukuba Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy in 2019.
- They welcome the G20 Smart Mobility Practices which was formulated and agree on dissemination and promotion of smart mobility systems in ways that are human-centric, inclusive and sustainable.
- They welcome the G20 Roadmap toward a Common Framework for Measuring the Digital Economy, which was developed for strengthening comparability of indicators in G20 countries as well as statistical capacities.
- They reaffirm the importance of security in the digital economy and welcome a collection of member countries’ policies focusing on cybersecurity which was formulated.
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