G20 Osaka Summit


Leaders' Special Event on Digital Economy


1. On Friday, June 28, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted Leaders' Special Event on Digital Economy at the sideline of the G20 Osaka Summit, for a period of about 10 minutes from 12:15 p.m., to which 27 leaders of the countries participating in this Summit and representatives of the participating international organizations including the World Trade Organization (WTO) attended.

2. During the event, "Osaka Declaration on Digital Economy" was issued, in which those leaders, standing together with other WTO members that participate in the Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce issued in Davos on 25 January 2019, in which 78 WTO members are on board, declared the launch of the "Osaka Track", a process which demonstrates their commitment to promote efforts on international rule-making on digital economy, especially on data flow and electronic commerce. This will provide a political impetus to the negotiations on electronic commerce at the WTO in order to move forward in a fully-fledged manner.

3. Prime Minister Abe, after mentioning: "it is necessary to make international rules and disciplines to harness the full potential of the fast-growing digital economy," and "it is an urgent task to promote rule-making on data-flow and electronic commerce, which are a driving force to achieve progress in digital era," declared the launch of the "Osaka Track," and mentioned: "we will speedily promote international efforts for rule-making on data flow and electronic commerce".

4. His Excellency Mr. Xi Jimping, President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, His Excellency Mr. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, and His Excellency Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director General of the WTO, each made a remark welcoming Prime Minister Abe's initiative for launching the "Osaka Track", and concurred on promoting such rule-making.

Attachment: Osaka Declaration on Digital Economy (PDF)別ウィンドウで開く

Leaders’ Special Event on Women’s Empowerment


1. As an official side-event of G20 Osaka, the Leaders’ Special Event on Women’s Empowerment was held on June 29 for about 15 minutes from around 10:15 a.m., at Intex Osaka. The event was attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leaders from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and European Commission, H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherland, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States, and representatives of international organizations and groups (UN, OECD, IMF, ILO, ADB, WTO, WHO, WBG, UN Women, WPL (Women Political Leaders Global Forum) and W20).

2. In the event, representatives of the international organizations and groups handed over their respective report/recommendation to Prime Minister Abe, followed by the speech by Prime Minister Abe, H.M. Queen Máxima and Advisor Trump, highlighting the importance and necessity of further efforts relating to women’s issue and G20’s commitment to women’s empowerment.

3. A press release compiling the messages from the leaders on their national measures and commitment regarding women’s empowerment was issued after the event.

Attachment: Reports and Recommendations from International Organizations and Groups (PDF)別ウィンドウで開く
Press Release: Leaders' Special Event on Women’s Empowerment at G20 Osaka Summit (PDF)別ウィンドウで開く