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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nagamine Participates in G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting

September 2, 2022

Joint Press Release with the Digital Agency and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

On September 1 (Thu.), a G20 Digital Economy Ministers' Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, and Mr. Nagamine Makoto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, participated in the meeting. Ministers responsible for digital economy from G20 nations, invited countries and international organizations attended the meeting and discussed issues related to digital transformation.

This year's G20 Digital Economy Ministers' Meeting was held under the Indonesian presidency with the G20's overarching theme of "Recover Together, Recover Stronger." Its participants held discussions concerning digital transformation covering three issues: 1) connectivity and recovery from COVID-19, 2) digital skills and literacy, and 3) Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) and cross-border data flows.
No Ministerial Declaration was adopted as the participants failed to agree on the discussions for the communique at the Digital Economic Working Group (DEWG) held prior to the ministerial meeting. A Chair's Statement is expected to be issued by the Indonesian presidency, at a later date.
In addition to Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nagamine, Mr. Kono Taro, Minister for Digital Transformation, and Mr. Tsuge Yoshifumi, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, participated in the meeting.


During the meeting, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nagamine explained that Japan will consider methods to enhance interoperability across the different ways of data governance, and transparency of regulations in order to address issues concerning cross-border flows to operationalize the Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT), which Japan proposed to the G20 in 2019. He also addressed that Japan will establish an international institutional arrangement to promote a new method of governance utilizing advanced technologies such as PETs.

Furthermore, he took the opportunity to hold bilateral talks and informal conversations with representatives of participating countries and international organizations.

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