The text of the following statement has been issued by the Governments of Japan and the United States of America.
On May 27, 2021, interagency representatives from the United States and Japan came together virtually to launch the United States-Japan Global Digital Connectivity Partnership (GDCP). Announced at the summit meeting between President Biden and Prime Minister Suga on April 16, 2021, the GDCP is deepening bilateral cooperation on issues of the digital economy and next-generation digital technologies.
The GDCP builds on previous cooperation, including under the Japan-United States Strategic Partnership for the Digital Economy (JUSDEP), by elevating and broadening the scope of discussions to promote secure connectivity and vibrant digital economies . The GDCP will promote: (1) cooperation in third countries of the Indo-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and other regions; (2) enhanced collaboration in multilateral forums; and (3) forward-looking mechanisms in both countries that catalyze investments in fifth generation (5G) wireless technologies, next generation telecommunications and the corresponding research and development environment, as well as training capacity building and cybersecurity. The initial meeting addressed a range of priority issues covering these three categories.
The delegations of the two governments, led by the US State Department and the Japanese Ministry of Interior and Communications, have decided to convene a working group of experts several times a year as part of the US political cooperation dialogue. -Japanese on the Internet. Economics (IED). Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to enhance their digital competitiveness and looked forward to the annual IED meeting to be held later this year.