Germany is taking the leadership of the G20 this year and will organise a G20 Digital Ministers Conference for the first time.
Former Minister of Economy Sigmar Gabriel, now Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: "Digitisation is the key driving force for economic growth and is bringing the world even closer together through integrated value chains, Industry 4.0 and digital trade, as well as social networks and platforms. For this reason, I will be inviting the G20 Ministers for the Digital Economy to a first meeting and will propose ambitious goals to our G20 partners: transparency, legal certainty and a fair framework for competition in the internet, data sovereignty and harmonisation of standards for Industry 4.0, and not least the promotion of digital education. We all need to work together on achieving these goals, and the G20 is an outstanding format for this."
The B20 Digitalisation Task Force is working on policy recommendations to feed the discussions of G20 Digital Ministers, notably in the areas of global connectivity, industry 4.0, and artificial intelligence. DIGITALEUROPE is represented in the B20 Digitalisation Task Force by Director General John Higgins and Director Damir Filipovic. They will be also part of the ICT Stakeholders Meeting in Düsseldorf on the 6th of April.
Further, in addition to previous G7 ICT Dialogue last year in Japan, JEITA, ITI and DIGITALEUROPE, joined by Bitkom, TechUK, Anitec, Tech’in France, Afnum, SFIB, AIIA, and ITAC, will issue a joint paper with recommended Outcomes for Promoting Innovation, Digital Technologies, and Development. This publication will be followed by a Multi Association Industry dialogue with G20 sherpas on the 2nd of March, kindly hosted by Bitkom.
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