Debates Conférences
Ifri Paris
from 09:30 to 12:30
This event is public
G20 Summit in Argentina in 2018-Plenary Session (c) G20 Argentina
G20 Summit in Argentina in 2018-Plenary Session (c) G20 Argentina

Ahead of the G20 and G7 Summits: Debating Global Governance on Trade and Digital Affairs

This year Japan hosts the G20 Summit that will take place in Osaka on June 28-29 and France chairs the G7 Summit, to be held in Biarritz end of August.These two meetings will be of crucial importance, as multilateralism is undermined by unilateral and protectionist practices and new technologies pose governance challenges

This conference brings together Japanese and French speakers to discuss, before the G7 and G20 summits, two key issues for global governance: trade and digital issues. The first panel will address the question of how to restore a global governance for trade in a context of protectionism and unilateralism. The second panel will focus on the issue of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the need to establish a global governance for the use of new technologies.




9:30-9:45 – Welcome remarks: Martin-Pierre CHARLIAT, Desk Officer, G7 Task Force - 2019 French Presidency, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

9:45-11:00 – Trade governance in the age of trade war: is a reset possible?

Chair: Sébastien JEAN, Director, CEPII

  • Françoise NICOLAS, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
  • Yoichi OTABE, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, former sherpa G8/G20
  • Akiko YAMANAKA, Special Advisor to the President of ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia)


11:00-11:15- Coffee Break


11:15-12:30 – Governing the 4th industrial revolution: challenges for governments and companies

Chair: John SEAMAN, Research fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

  • Yuko HARAYAMA, Former Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
  • Henri VERDIER, France’s Ambassador for Digital Affairs
  • Patrick NICOLET, Group Chief Technology Officer - Member of the Group Executive Board, Capgemini


Contact the organizers: 

Please contact pajon@ifri.org if you need further information.


global governance International Trade Internet Governance France Japan