G20 ministers to discuss the benefits and challenges posed by digital transformations in Salta

With a focus on inclusive development, representatives from G20 member and guest countries will take part in the Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting on 23-24 August.

On 23-24 August, representatives from G20 member and guest countries, together with leaders of international organizations, will take part in the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in the province of Salta, in the north-west of Argentina.

Chaired by Andrés Ibarra, Argentine Minister of Modernization, and Lino Barañao, Argentine Minister of Science, Technology and Innovative Production, the meeting’s agenda focuses on digital transformations, with discussions on digital government, digital inclusion, measuring the digital economy and the development of technological infrastructure.

Participants will also discuss the digitalization of SMEs and entrepreneurs, consumer protection and the adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of things on sectors like manufacturing and agriculture.

As regards digital inclusion, senior officials will address bridging the gender divide, and consider proposals to increase women’s participation in the digital economy. The meeting hopes to generate policy recommendations to accelerate infrastructure development to enable universal connectivity and support for new technologies.

Developing digital policies requires improving the quality of information about the growth and impact of the new economy.  Representatives will therefore discuss recommendations to help monitor this transformation.

Building upon the contributions made by the G20 Digital Economy Task Force, which has met twice in Buenos Aires this year, ministers will seek to create conditions that help governments, the private sector and civil society maximize the benefits and confront the challenges posed by technological progress.

Beginning on Thursday 23 August with an official dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Salta, capital of the province of the same name, the agenda will continue the following day with working sessions at the Salta Convention Centre.

At the end of the meeting, participants will issue a joint declaration on the meeting’s conclusions that will help make up the recommendations submitted at the Leaders’ Summit.