Germany Takes-over 2017 G20 Presidency

On the 1st of December, Germany took over the G20 Presidency from China. The presidency will culminate in The G20 Summit to be held in Hamburg on 7th-8th of July 2017 and will focus the initiatives which continue to shape globalisation.

The German Ministry of Economic Affairs is involved in setting the agenda for the G20 process, and is focusing on more inclusive growth which, through greater social participation, should strengthen social cohesion. In addition, public investment in education and infrastructure, and a better environment for private-sector investment, are also key factors. However, at the same time,  measures need to be considered to ensure that growing incomes and opportunities on the labour market are shared more fairly around the world.

A major focus of the German presidency will be digitalisation, which will be the theme of a first meeting of the G20 Ministers for the Digital Economy where the German Federal Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, will propose ambitious goals for all G20 partners:

  • transparency,
  • legal certainty and a fair framework for competition in the internet,
  • data sovereignty
  • harmonisation of standards for Industrie 4.0, and
  • digital education.

More detailed information about the German G20 Presidency can be found, here.

Summary of key dates relating to the activities of the Economic Affairs Ministry in the G20 process:

The Digital Economy

  • 12.01.2017: Joint conference with the OECD: “Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20”, Berlin
  • 13.01.2017: 1st meeting of the Task Force on the Digital Economy, Berlin
  • 03.03.2017: 2nd meeting of the Task Force on the Digital Economy, Berlin
  • 15.-17.03.2017: “Digitizing Manufacturing – Conference on Initiatives and Policy Approaches”, Berlin
  • 06.04.2017: “Multi-Stakeholder Conference on the Digital Economy”, Düsseldorf
  • 06./07.04.2017: Digital Ministers Conference: “Digitalisation: Policies for a Digital Future”, Düsseldorf

Trade and Investment

  • 06./07.02.2017: 1st meeting of the “Trade and Investment Working Group” (TIWG)
  • 02.03.2017: 2nd meeting of the “Trade and Investment Working Group” (TIWG)
  • 22./23.05.2017: 3rd meeting of the “Trade and Investment Working Group” (TIWG)

Energy

  • 13.12.2016: G20 Workshop on “Energy Policy after the Paris Climate Agreement” (invitation to all WG members and external experts from the G20 countries)
  • 14./15.12.2016: Working Group meetings (Sustainability Working Group, Energy Sustainability Working Group und Climate Sustainability Working Group)
  • 22./23.3.2017: Working Group meetings (Sustainability Working Group, Energy Sustainability Working Group und Climate Sustainability Working Group)
  • 02.-04.05.2017 (tbc): Working Group meetings (Sustainability Working Group, Energy Sustainability Working Group und Climate Sustainability Working Group)

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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