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METI State Minister Makihara Participates in G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference

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.

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