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The Group of 20 Trade and Digital Economy Ministers Meeting is approaching. Over 50 trade ministers and digital economy ministers will get together for the first time in G20 history in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on June 8 -9, to discuss how G20 economies can promote trade and investment, and maximize benefits from the development of the digital economy and technologies to ensure sustainable growth of the global economy.

Expectations are high that the G20 will continue to play a positive role in fostering economic opportunity and addressing challenges in the global landscape. Trade and investment have been important drivers of the unprecedented global economic growth and poverty reduction enjoyed in recent times. This rapid growth contributed to an early achievement of the United Nations goal of halving extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015. Digitalization is expected to continue to create benefits for our economies and societies as a whole, and help achieve the inclusive, innovative and human-centred future society that Japan promotes as “Society 5.0.”

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