T20 Japan Associated Event

T20-G20 Roundtable Discussion on "Digital Trade, WTO Reform, and Trade and Investment for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth"

Announcement

(This event is open exclusively to G20 and T20 participants or by special invitation.)

The world economy has enjoyed rapid growth as it has become more and more closely integrated. The world trading system which has supported such growth, however, is showing growing signs of stress, and the world trading system seems to be approaching a crossroads. The roundtable will discuss three major topics - digital trade, WTO reform, and trade and investment for sustainable and inclusive growth – to present relevant ideas and recommendations discussed in the T20 Trade and Investment Task Force on how we should proceed with globalization, as input into the G20 process.

Information

  • Time and Date: April 9, 2019 (Tuesday) 12:00-16:30
  • Venue: Toranomon Hills Forum, Hall A (Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 5th Floor, 1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), German Development Institute (DIE)

This roundtable is held under "Chatham House Rules".

Schedule of the events

12:00-12:05 Opening Remarks

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

12:05-12:15 Keynote Speech

Mari Elka PANGESTU (Former Minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia / Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia)

12:15-13:00 Introductory Speech: T20 Policy Briefs

KIMURA Fukunari (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)

Comments by participants

13:00-14:15 Session 1: Digital Trade

Moderator

NAKATOMI Michitaka (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)

Speaker 1

KIMURA Fukunari (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)

Speaker 2

Joshua P. MELTZER (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)

Discussant 1

Mona Farid BADRAN (Associate Professor, Economics Department, Cairo University)

Discussant 2

Kimberley BOTWRIGHT (Community Lead, Global Trade and Investment SI, WEF)

Discussant 3

Edwina STEVENS (Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia)

Discussant 4

Jeanette LIM (Director, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore)

Comments by participants

14:15-14:45 Coffee Break

14:45-16:00 Breakout Sessions

Session 2-1 WTO Reform

Moderator

Shiro ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar, RIETI / Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU)

Speaker 1

NAKAGAWA Junji (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Chuogakuin University)

Speaker 2

Uri DADUSH (Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South and Non-Resident Scholar, Bruegel)

Discussant 1

Rajat KATHURIA (Director & Chief Executive, ICRIER)

Discussant 2

(tbd)

Discussant 3

Denis REDONNET (Director General, Trade, European Commission)

Discussant 4

(tbd)

Comments by participants

Session 2-2 Trade and Investment for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Moderator

Axel BERGER (Senior Researcher, German Development Institute)

Speaker 1

TODO Yasuyuki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics Waseda University)

Speaker 2

Julia NIELSON (Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture, OECD)

Discussant 1

Matthew STEPHENSON (Policy and Community Lead, International Trade and Investment, WEF)

Discussant 2

INOMATA Satoshi (Chief Senior Reseacher, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)

Discussant 3

Chris BARTON (Director, Department of International Trade, UK)

Discussant 4

Jose Luis KAISER (Director General for Trade Policy and Competitiveness, Spain)

Comments by participants

16:00-16:30 Session 3: Wrap-up Discussion

Moderator

HATTORI Takashi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, Kyoto University)

Report back from the Breakout Sessions (Session 2-1, Session 2-2)

Closing Remarks

*Agenda is subject to change

"This symposium is a T20 Japan associated event."