The Argentine G20 presidency stresses the opportunities offered by the digital revolution

At a press conference, Argentine Modernization Minister Andrés Ibarra and Science Minister Lino Barañao highlighted the “absolute consensus” reached at the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Salta.

The G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting ended this afternoon in Salta, in the north-west of Argentina, with a press conference by Andrés Ibarra, Argentine Minister of Modernization, and Lino Barañao, Argentine Minister of Science, Technology and Innovative Production. After two days of discussions, senior officials described the meeting as a success and underscored the “absolute consensus” reached by participants after an intense agenda focused on digital transformations.

“The digital revolution we are living is useful only if it truly benefits our people by improving education and health, or reducing State-related paperwork,” Ibarra said. He then spoke about the “huge opportunities” brought about by this new reality. After acknowledging that some jobs require more skills than others, he emphasized that “what really matters is that all members of our communities have the tools required to face the digital world.”

Minister Ibarra then listed the main areas of G20 consensus, such as reducing the digital gender divide, which results in “equal salaries and job opportunities.” He also included technological infrastructure development, measuring the new economy, opportunity sharing and areas for cooperation between countries.

Minister Barañao stated that “the digital revolution is much more horizontal and democratic than the Industrial Revolution,” and placed emphasis on the consensus reached at the meeting because the issues “impact every citizen of every country.”

“The role of the State is to provide the conditions for citizens to harness the opportunities they are given,” he added.


Support from the troika

The other two countries that make up the G20 troika, Japan and Germany, showed their support to the Argentine G20 presidency.

“Germany is particularly pleased that Argentina is continuing the work of the G20 Digital Ministers from 2017. Argentina builds on the G20 Roadmap for Digitalization which we agreed on last year in Germany and is focusing on important topics of digitalization in its own G20 ministerial process. This sends out an important signal to the whole world. Digitalization changes all parts of our economy, politics and society and brings the world closer together. Under the Argentine presidency we have made good progress in this area,” said Christian Hirte, German Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

Manabu Sakai, Japanese State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, stated that his country “celebrates Argentina for their great success of the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting. We look forward to succeeding this year’s work as well as to promoting digital economy supporting SDGs, to facilitating digital infrastructure, and to promoting discussion for better development and usage of emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence.”