December 9, 2020
In the evening of November 25 (Wed.), the Panel on Agile Governance for the Post-Pandemic World was held in the form of a teleconference and Mr. Munekiyo Kouichi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended. Countries sharing the objective agreed to internationally cooperate in establishing rules on innovation and adopted the Agile Nations Charter.
This Panel on Agile Governance for the Post-Pandemic World was hosted by the World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the aim of promoting international cooperation in establishing rules on innovation.
Representatives of Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Singapore, the UAE, and the United Kingdom (in alphabetical order) participated in the Panel and the Agile Nations Charter was adopted to express each country’s commitment to offering cooperation in establishing rules for promoting innovation.
Private companies that participated in the Panel also expressed their intention to offer cooperation as necessary in establishing relevant rules in respective countries.
The Panel was held in the form of a teleconference and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Munekiyo attended.
During the Panel, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Munekiyo stated that the initiative of the Agile Nations will internationally promote the concept of “governance innovation,” which Japan advocated in the G20 Ministerial Meeting in 2019, and expressed Japan’s strong support for the initiative.
Additionally, he proposed that the example of the Digital Architecture Design Center, which designs an overall blueprint when connecting multiple systems, be introduced as Japan’s pioneering initiative for rulemaking.
The major content of the Agile Nations Charter is summarized below.
- The Participants promote initiatives for establishing rules that can protect citizens’ interests while supporting innovation (such as regulatory sandboxes), on a voluntary basis.
- The Participants internationally cooperate with each other in rulemaking (information sharing, joint demonstration experiments, and sorting out of fields for cooperation for rulemaking, etc.), on a voluntary basis.
- The Participants hold a general meeting once a year. The Participants take turns serving as the chair and the vice-chair.
- This Charter is not legally binding.
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