Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - An Indian delegate on Tuesday lauded Indonesia for successfully holding the fourth meeting of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) here on August 29 and 30, 2022.

"We would like to thank you for being such a wonderful host, welcoming us warmly, and for the excellent hospitality to the delegates," Naman Upadhyaya, an Indian delegate and deputy secretary of India's Foreign Ministry, told reporters here on Tuesday.

India will hold the G20 Presidency next year and hopes to emulate the success of the Indonesian G20 Presidency, he said.

Although Indonesia and India are two different countries, they share similarities in terms of culture and certain values, he added.

Upadhyaya said he also hopes that Indonesia will support the Indian G20 Presidency next year and develop stronger collaboration and closer relations between both countries in the future.

"We are happy to accept the G20 Presidency, and we hope for full support from Indonesia," he remarked.

The DEWG meeting discussed three priority issues: digital connectivity, digital skills and literacy, and cross-country data flow.

Digital security and digital skills are important topics for discussion, he said.

Hence, the two issues will be among the main focuses of India's G20 Presidency, besides issues related to cyber security, he informed.

The two-day DEWG meeting was also attended by representatives of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Argentina joined the meeting virtually.

The meeting yielded the G20 Digital Ministers’ draft declaration called “The Bali Package.”

The draft declaration will be discussed again and finalized at the Digital Economy Ministers’ Meeting (DEMM) on September 1.

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