In 2017, Germany has the honour of holding the G20 Presidency. As a group of the world's leading industrialised and emerging economies, the G20 epitomises globalisation as it is lived and breathed. Together, the group represents almost two thirds of the Earth's population, over four fifths of global GDP and three quarters of world trade.
Germany has chosen "Shaping an interconnected world" as the slogan of its G20 Presidency. Its agenda is based on three pillars: Building resilience – improving sustainability – assuming responsibility. The aim of improving sustainability for the future includes making the most of the opportunities provided by digital technologies. Digitalisation is without a doubt one of the central drivers of economic growth and social development.
In aiming to unlock the full potential offered by the digital revolution, consumer confidence is key. At the same time, fundamental principles such as the free flow of information, privacy, data protection and data security are of paramount importance. This is why the G20 is dedicated to coordinating a global framework for the use of digital technologies.
For the first time ever, this year's G20 Presidency will include a G20 Consumer Summit. The G20 Consumer Summit – entitled "Building a digital world consumers can trust" – will be held on 15 March 2017, World Consumer Rights Day, in Berlin. It will be jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) and Consumers International (CI). The Summit will be attended by representatives of government, international organisations, consumer associations, industry and academia, bringing together around 300 participants — many of whom are leaders in their ministry, organisation or field.