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Minister Kajiyama Attends the G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting (Video Conference)

May 28, 2021

On May 27 (Thu.) and 28 (Fri.), Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting which was held via video conference. The participants had lively discussions on the challenges faced by the free trade system and on approaches to addressing them. Following the meeting, a Ministers' Communique was adopted.

In order to restore the WTO and maintain and strengthen a multilateral trading system based on free and fair trade rules, we will take the lead in WTO reform taking advantage of the discussions at this G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting.

Following the session held at the end of March, the G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting was held via video conference on May 27 and 28, and Minister Kajiyama and Mr. Motegi Toshimitsu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended from Japan.

At the meeting, G7 trade ministers had lively discussions on the challenges faced by the free trade system built around the WTO and on approaches to addressing them, in the midst of significant changes in the international trade environment including the COVID-19 pandemic. These discussions took place with a view toward the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) to be held at the end of November this year.

In order to restore the WTO and maintain and strengthen a multilateral trading system based on free and fair trade rules, we will take the lead in WTO reform taking advantage of the discussions at this G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting.

Minister Kajiyama mainly commented on the following:

Trade and Environment

Trade and Health

Digital Trade

Industrial Subsidies

Support for Plurilateral Action

Dispute Settlement System

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Division in Charge

Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau