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The G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting

Date & Venue

Friday & Saturday, April 29-30, 2016
Kagawa International Hall, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture

Meeting Overview

● Background
In conjunction with the Ise-Shima Summit being held on May 26 and 27 of this year, a number of related ministerial meetings will also be held across the country. One of these meetings, the G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting, was held here in Takamatsu, Kagawa in April 2016. It was, in fact, the first time in 21 years for the ICT Ministers' Meeting to be held as a part of the Summit. It was also the first time for a ministerial meeting to be held in Shikoku.
● Participating Countries
Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States, European Union
● Agenda
At this time, the following themes are scheduled to be discussed.
【Decision by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in coordination with each country】

(1) Innovation and economic growth
(2) Ensuring the free circulation of information and the safety and security in cyberspace
(3) Resolution of global issues and digital connectivity
(4) Future of ICT strategies and international cooperation

Outcomes of the G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa

The G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa was held over two days, April 29-30, 2016. It was the first time in about 20 years for an ICT Ministers’ Meeting to be held by the G7.

During the meeting, there was vigorous discussion on such topics as promoting economic growth and ensuring security in a society in which IoT, AI and other new ICT are becoming widespread. As a result, three outcome documents were adopted, the Charter, the Joint Declaration and the G7 Opportunities for Collaboration (annexed to the Joint Declaration), which summarized the fundamental principles and action agenda for achieving a "digitally connected world" in which everyone and everything is connected globally. The G7, which shares fundamental values such as freedom and democracy, issued a message of unity to the world.

Stage of the G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting

Kagawa International Hall

For two days, April 29-30, 2016, Kagawa International Hall served as the main stage for an ICT Ministers' Meeting being held within the framework of the G7 for the first time in about 20 years. In addition to interpretation booths capable of accommodating up to six languages, the hall is also equipped with three waiting rooms and an expansive foyer, making for a convention venue imbued with an aura of authenticity and substance, which is available for various types of conferences.
With their open-design facades, the Conference Hall and the VIP Room also afford sweeping views of stunning green islands woven against the blue waters of the Seto Inland Sea.

Small Hall 1, Sunport Hall Takamatsu

Small Hall 1 at Sunport Hall Takamatsu was the main venue for the Multi-Stakeholders' Conference being held in parallel with the ICT Ministers' Meeting. The conference attracted leading authorities in ICT, primarily from private-sector companies and academic institutions, including Dr. Jun Murai, Dean of Keio University's Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and diverse opinions and views were exchanged.
The hall's 300 seats are configured on an incline making it easy for the audience to view the stage, and creating a space in which there is an increased sense of unity between the stage and the auditorium-between the creator and the audience.

Small Hall 2, Sunport Hall Takamatsu

Small Hall 2 is equipped with removable seating for 300 plus a detachable stage that can be raised and lowered, giving the hall a dynamic layout that can be transformed as desired. The hall served as the venue for joint press conferences during the G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa, and is where the outcomes of the two days of discussions were reported.

Decks Galleria, Sunport Takamatsu

In conjunction with the G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa, a variety of ICT-related exhibitions and events were held, sponsored by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Decks Galleria (pictured left) can be used to accommodate such events. It gives visitors a sense of spaciousness, where they can feel the sunlight and the pleasant breeze from the sea. The Exhibition Hall covering an area of approximately 400m2 (pictured right) can be used for multiple purposes, including exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures and other exchange activities held in association with an international conference or large convention.

Ritsurin Garden Commerce and Industry Promotion Hall

On April 29, representatives of the G7 member states and the EU visited the famous Ritsurin Garden, one of Japan's foremost daimyo (feudal lord) gardens. Here, they enjoyed beautiful scenery so full of variety that it is described as providing a different view at every step. The building pictured in the background of the commemorative photo is the Commerce and Industry Promotion Hall. This hall was reopened in August 2015 after undergoing extensive interior renovations while preserving the essence of its exterior, built at the end of the 19th century. The north wing of the Commerce and Industry Promotion Hall is where the luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) was held. Here, delegates spent a relaxed moment amid the verdant radiance of beautiful pines and lawns.

Photo Gallery

The Photo Gallery presents a selection of images from the G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa
as well as from the Welcome Reception and related events.

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Schedule & Venues for the Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings

Schedule & Venues for the Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings
April 10-11, 2016
G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers' Meeting (Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture)
April 23-24, 2016
G7 Niigata Agriculture Ministers' Meeting (Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture)
April 29-30, 2016
G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting (Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture)
G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications website)
May 1-2, 2016
G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministers' Meeting (Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture)
May 14-15, 2016
G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers' Meeting (Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture)
May 15-16, 2016
2016 G7 Toyama Environment Ministers' Meeting (Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture)
May 15-27, 2016
G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting (Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture)
May 20-21, 2016
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting (Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
May 26-27, 2016
G7 Japan Summit (Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture)
September 11-12, 2016
G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting (Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture)
September 24-25, 2016
G7 Transport Ministers' Meeting (Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture)

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