Germany took over the G20 Presidency on 1 December 2016. Digitalisation will be a core focus during this period, being a key element for strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth in the world economy. This is why Germany decided to host the first ever meeting of the G20 Digital Ministers from 6-7 April 2017 in Düsseldorf in order to discuss ‘Digitalisation: Policies for a Digital Future’.
If we want to use digitalisation for the good of all people, we need a joint, international framework. We need shared rules and standards that apply around the globe – from technical standards, to grid expansion, through to competition and regulation-based issues, in an economy that is increasingly driven by platforms.
Following on from the Chinese Presidency, a Task Force for the Digital Economy will be created. This Task Force will work together with the OECD to develop a work programme that seeks to identify the core fields of digital policy in the short-term future. The aim is to leverage the full potential of digitalisation for the economy and for society over the coming years.
The Digital Ministers of the G20 and of the guest countries (Spain, Norway, the Netherlands and Singapore) used their meeting to focus on the following three core areas.