T20 Japan Associated Event

RIETI-ABER-IIT Roundtable "Global Trade Reform"


Japan takes on the G20 presidency at a crucial time for the global trading system with trade tensions among major economies and protectionism on the rise. The opportunity for WTO reform was opened up in the G20 leaders declaration in Argentina in 2018. The Think 20 (T20) Task Force on Trade, Investment and Globalisation will meet in Canberra to discuss and examine global trade reform priorities and the role of the G20. The round table is timed to feed into the thinking in the T20 and G20 processes as well as a series of Asian track 2 processes.


  • Time and Date: February 28, 2019 8:50-15:00
  • Venue: The Mills Room, Chancelry Building, The Australian National University, Canberra
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (RIETI) / Asian Bureau of Economic Research, The Australian National University (ABER) / Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide (IIT)
  • Language: English

*The roundtable will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

*This event is by invitation only


8:50-9:00 Welcome and Introduction

Shiro ARMSTRONG (RIETI / The Australian National University (ANU))

Peter DRAPER (The University of Adelaide)

KIMURA Fukunari (RIETI / Keio University / ERIA)

9:00-9:15 Opening remarks


David GRUEN (Prime Minister and Cabinet / G20 Sherpa, Australian Government)

9:15-10:45 Session 1: WTO and Global Trade Reform

Chair: Jenny GORDON (Nous Group)

"Multilateralism Under Threat"

John EDWARDS (Lowy Institute)

"Asia's Interests in Multilateralism"

Yose Rizal DAMURI (Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS))

"Reforming the WTO Dispute Settlement System"

Ravi KEWALRAM (The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government)

10:45-11:00 Tea Break

11:00-12:30 Session 2: Emerging Issues

Chair: Peter DRAPER (The University of Adelaide)

"E-commerce and Digital Trade"

KIMURA Fukunari (RIETI / Keio University / ERIA)

"Services Trade Reform"

Jane Drake-BROCKMAN (Australian Services Roundtable)

"Japanese Leadership in Trade"

FUKAGAWA Yukiko (Waseda University)

13:15-13:30 Policy Briefing: Australia's WTO Reform Priorities

Chair: Peter DRYSDALE (ANU)

George MINA (The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government)

13:30-15:00 G20 and WTO Policy Panel

Chair: Peter DRYSDALE (ANU)

Craig EMERSON (Former Australian Trade Minister)

Jenny GORDON (Nous Group)


Jason McDONALD (Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government)

*Agenda is subject to change

"This workshop is a T20 Japan associated event."