Q4/2019 -Japanese G20 Presidency
G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting, Nagoya, 22 + 23 November 2019
Japanese G20 Presidency came to an end with the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya on 22 and 23 November 2019. No final statement was delivered at this meeting. Nevertheless, digital trade was an issue at the informal exchange, which discussed the WTO reform initiative triggered by the G20 Summit in Osaka and the role of digitalisation in achieving the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Saudi Arabia Takes Over G20 Presidency, 1 December 2019
On 1 December 2019 Saudi Arabia has taken over the G20 Presidency under the theme “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”. The three key agenda items of the Presidency are:
- Shaping New Frontiers,
- Safeguarding the Planet and
- Empowering People.
Digitalisation particularly plays a central role under the item “Shaping New Frontiers”. This focal item includes three concrete issues to this respect: digital tax, digital economy and infrastructure. Like the preceding G20 presidencies, Saudi Arabia will hold a series of ministerial meetings and expert conferences to prepare the G20 Summit, which is scheduled for 21 and 22 November 20020 in Riyadh.