DiPP: Global Economics 2.0: data-driven, AI-powered, ecommerce-focused, human-centric?

18 Jun 2019
14 Rue de la Science
1040 Brussels

On the 28th and 29th of June 2019, the leaders of the G20 will gather in Osaka as Japan – the world’s champion of human-centric technology as exemplified by “Society 5.0” – hosts its first ever G20 Summit.

The “premier forum for international economic cooperation”, whose participating nations represent 80% of global GDP, deals with a wide range of issues facing our world: development, climate, energy, digital economy, employment, in addition to other drivers of the international economy. In parallel, France has taken over from Canada at the helm of the G7: both countries have been actively promoting international cooperation in AI. Along with Singapore and Japan, Australia is spearheading an initiative to negotiate a global agreement on e-commerce under WTO auspices. Last but not least, through the Christchurch Call and other efforts, many governments are acting to tackle online terrorist or extremist content. There is no dearth of evidence that governments, and trade diplomats in particular, are increasingly keen to make the most of cutting-edge technology for the benefit of all.

In the run-up to the G20 Summit, it is important to make sense of these developments and hear from the best source how they will impact our daily life as well as the way we do business in Europe. To this effect, these high-ranking diplomats have kindly agreed to share the views of their respective government:


  • H.E. Mr Kazuo Kodama

    Ambassador of Japan to the EU

  • H.E. Mr Justin Brown

    Ambassador of Australia to the EU

  • Ms. Laure Chapuis

    Deputy Head of Cabinet, Vice-President Andrus Ansip, European Commission

  • Mr. Pascal Rogard

    Counsellor, Digital, Telecommunications and Postal services, French Permanent Representation to the EU

  • Mr Stephane Lambert

    Counsellor, Head of Trade, Economic and Science & Technology Policy, Mission of Canada to the EU

  • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

    Director General of DIGITALEUROPE (moderator)

This debate will be held under the Chatham House rule. For more information on our Digital in Practice Programme (DiPP) click here.

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