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Matthias Machnig, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is attending the G7 Ministerial Meeting on ICT and Industry in Turin today and tomorrow. The meeting under the current Italian Presidency is focused on digitisation in small and medium-sized enterprises, the free movement of data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

State Secretary Machnig said: "Digitisation is taking place everywhere: the internet as a space for diversity of opinion, participation, innovation and as an engine for economic growth and jobs is becoming more and more important. Therefore it is right that Italy is addressing the issue of digitisation in the context of a seperate G7 ministerial process. Under Germany's G20 Presidency, the German federal government hosted the first G20 Digital Ministers Meeting and drew up a roadmap for the future. Social media, digital trade and interconnected production worldwide bring citizens, companies and countries closer together. Therefore we need an international exchange of views on a common framework for action for our increasingly digitised world. In this context, the G7 can make a considerable contribution."

In addition to regular digital-policy debates in the context of the G7 and the G20, it is also important to engage in a broad discussion involving the whole of society. Representatives of civil society and of the business community as well as the technical community must be part of this process. For this reason, Italy is holding a Multistakeholder Conference prior to the Ministerial Meeting - just like Germany did in the context of its G20 Presidency.

The results of the G7 ICT-Industry Ministerial Meeting will be summarised in a joint Final Declaration.