Digital Economy Task Force prepares recommendations on inclusive development

Today and tomorrow, international experts are meeting in Buenos Aires to address issues related to digitalization. Digital government, measuring the digital economy and Economy 4.0 are some of the items on the agenda.

The Second Meeting of the Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) started today in Buenos Aires. Over two days, representatives from G20 member and guest countries, together with officials from international organizations, will discuss issues related to digital transformation and prepare recommendations on inclusive development.

“We are building and bolstering the digital agenda with a focus on inclusive development,” said Rudi Borrmann, Under-secretary of Public Innovation and Open Government at the Argentine Ministry for Modernization and chair of the DETF.

The meeting is taking place at San Martín Palace, the ceremonial seat of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The agenda includes discussions on data and measurement of the digital economy, digital government, bridging the gender digital divide, digital infrastructure and Economy 4.0. Participants will also work on the joint declaration for the Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, taking place on 23-24 August in the province of Salta, in the north-west of Argentina.

Created under the German G20 presidency in 2017, the DETF acknowledges the new digital era and the effective use of new technologies as a key factor in economic development. The digital economy covers a wide range of activities based on the use of information and knowledge as factors of production, information networks as a space for action, and information and communication technologies as drivers of productivity.

Representing the young, diverse and creative region of Latin America & the Caribbean, the Argentine DETF presidency will seek to make consensus-based recommendations that advance inclusive development through digital transformation.

Consensus between the business community and the Government

Officials from the Argentine Government, Business 20 (B20) representatives and entrepreneurs took part yesterday in the Digital Economy Summit led by the B20, the engagement group representing the international business community. The event in Buenos Aires helped build consensus on the B20’s final document of recommendations on the digital economy and Economy 4.0, which will be submitted on 4-5 October at the group’s summit.