Related Events 01 Message from G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Koji Tomita
As Japan’s Sherpa for the G20 Osaka Summit, Ambassador Koji Tomita made a speech mentioning that this Summit will revisit the rules and mechanisms of the free trade system, address global issues such as climate change and development, and pave the way towards finding solutions to challenges presented by the advancement in the digital economy.
Ambassador Tomita also delivered a message to the people of Osaka, the host city of the G20 Summit.
“As G20 leaders from members that account for about 80% of the world’s GDP will gather in Osaka, the event will attract a lot of international attention. Thus the Summit presents a major opportunity for Osaka to raise its profile as an international city. Although the G20 is typically held during the latter half of the year, just as the Buenos Aires Summit in Argentina was most recently held in November 2018, this year’s Summit will be held in June. Since the preparation time is short, I would like you all to join together and create momentum towards hosting a successful G20 Summit. The G20 Summit will welcome leaders from almost 40 countries and international organizations, including the G20 members. We are certainly looking to create opportunities for each leader to enjoy Osaka. During that time, there may be occasions for local residents of Osaka to interact with the leaders and delegations from the participating members, and my personal request is that you would extend a warm welcome to our guests.”