World Economic Forum (Davos)
Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide’s participation in Davos Agenda
January 29, 2021
On Janurary 29, at around 7 p.m., Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide, attended the Davos Agenda and delivered a speech online. The overview of the event is as follows.
- At the outset, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum (WEF), after welcoming Prime Minister’s participation following the last conference held last October, explained the strong ties and cooperative relationship between Japan and the WEF, and expressed his expectation for Japan’s proactive role in the international society, stating that global cooperation is needed in global efforts for economic recovery and shaping a better future.
- In response, Prime Minister Suga provided an overview of the policy priorities of the Government of Japan. They range from response to COVID-19; creating a greener society through carbon neutral by 2050 as the engine for new growth; digital reform including expansion of research and development and international rule-making; to Japan’s contribution to expanding free and fair economic zone and strengthening of multilateral trade system. With regard to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prime Minister Suga reaffirmed Japan’s resolve to host them as a symbol of victory and of global unity in overcoming the COVID-19.
- The first half part of the meeting was held as open to the public and the representatives of the WEF members attended the second part. They expressed strong interest in Japan’s economic and diplomatic policy and took part in active exchange of views with the Prime Minister.