Task Force 8: Trade, Investment and Globalization

Background and Challenges

The world trading system is facing various challenges such as rising protectionism, unequal opportunities to engage in global value chains, and legal systems that are ill-equipped for digital trade and international trade in services. To address these issues, the task force will discuss policies to strengthen the WTO as a negotiating forum and both restore and reinforce the WTO dispute settlement procedure to improve the world trading system. The task force will also focus on goods and services trade policies and socially just and environmental-friendly investment policies that create mutual benefit for both developed and developing countries and mitigate the negative effects of globalization in order to achieve sustainable, balanced and inclusive development. Finally, the task force will explore how to establish well-balanced global rules that promote the free flow of data while also ensuring the protection of personal information in the era of digital trade. Through these discussions, the task force aims to foster common understanding on global issues and provide policy recommendations to G20 officials from an academic perspective.

T20 on Improving Trade and Investment Conditions

The Lead Co-Chair of the T20 Japan Task Force on Trade, Investment, and Globalization Fukunari Kimura describes how global disruptions are impacting trade and investment, and the potential for breakthroughs in the current environment.

Lead Co-Chair

Fukunari Kimura, Keio University / Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) / The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)


  • Axel Berger, German Development Institute (DIE)
  • Uri Dadush, Bruegel/ OCP Policy Center
  • Junji Nakagawa, University of Tokyo / The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Hugo Perezcano Diaz, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Yukiko Fukagawa, Waseda University

For further information and inquiries, please contact Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Policy Briefs

Reinvigorating the WTO as a Negotiating Forum

By Junji Nakagawa, Sait Akman, Axel Berger, Eduardo Bianchi, Manjiao Chi, Uri Dadush, Jean Dong, Gabriel Felbermayr, Andreas Freytag, Anabel Gonzalez, Bernard Hoekman, David Laborde, Sandra Rios, Sabyasachi Saha, Claudia Schmucker, Akihiko Tamura, and Mark Wu

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The Crisis in World Trade

By Sait Akman, Shiro Armstrong, Carlos Primo Braga, Uri Dadush, Anabel Gonzalez, Fukunari Kimura, Junji Nakagawa, Peter Rashish, and Akihiko Tamura

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