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G20 DEMM yields consensus on three DEWG issues

G20 DEMM yields consensus on three DEWG issues

Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate opened the 2022 G20 Digital Economy Ministers’ Meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali province, on Thursday (September 1, 2022). (ANTARA PHOTO/Hafidz Mubarak A/foc/uyu)

 The (Indonesian) presidency has also succeeded in making a compilation of reports on policies and recommendations to increase the meaningful participation of vulnerable groups...
Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - The Digital Economy Ministers’ Meeting (DEMM) on Thursday yielded a consensus document called the G20 Digital Economy Ministers’ Meetings 2022: Chair Summary, Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate informed.

"The document shows that for all substantive content, Indonesia’s (2022 G20) Presidency has obtained a consensus from all DEWG (Digital Economy Working Group) members according to DEWG priority issues," he said at a press conference here.

The document summarizes all the ideas, recommendations, and dynamics that were presented during the series of DEWG meetings over the past six months, he added.

He said that he had read the document in front of the ministers for digital economy affairs of G20 member countries at the closing of the DEMM on Thursday afternoon.

"The concrete attempts (to develop the digital economy sector) formulated in the DEWG document will be presented as inputs for President Joko Widodo in chairing the 2022 G20 Summit, which will be implemented in November," the minister said.

The document is divided into two parts and includes substantive agreements reached by DEWG members on the three priority issues of the forum as well as the summary of the dynamics of the delegates' discussions on addressing the issues, he disclosed.

On the first priority issue of connectivity and post-COVID-19 recovery, he said that the DEWG delegates have agreed that the strengthening of digital connectivity must be people-centered.

They have also agreed on the importance of digital security in ensuring business sustainability and welcomed various initiatives of the Indonesian G20 Presidency, such as the G20 Digital Innovation Network (DIN), G20 Digital Transformation Expo (DTE), as well as the smart village and island initiative implemented along with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), he added.

Furthermore, regarding the second issue, which is digital skills and literacy, Plate said that the meeting succeeded in compiling a G20 toolkit for measuring digital skills and digital literacy.

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The toolkit can be used to standardize the measurement of literacy and digital skill indicators to support more objective public policy-making and encourage international cooperation on overcoming digital knowledge gaps between countries, he informed.

"The (Indonesian) presidency has also succeeded in making a compilation of reports on policies and recommendations to increase the meaningful participation of vulnerable groups in the digital economy sector, as well as a summary document of practices and policies concerning digital skills and advanced digital literacy," he said.

Meanwhile, on the issues of free data free flow with trust (DFFT) and cross-border data flow (CBDF), the minister said that the DEWG forum recognized Indonesia’s efforts to initiate discussions regarding the implementation of fairness, lawfulness, and transparency principles in DFFT and CBDF.

The meeting also lauded the success of the Indonesian G20 Presidency in carrying out digital economy workshops, which brought together stakeholders from various countries to discuss the importance of data governance, he added.

"The last one is the forum's welcome to the discussion on the importance of the role of digital identity in data governance, which has resulted in the Identifying Key Enabler on Digital Identity Report," he added.

The DEMM meeting was attended by nine ministers or deputy ministers and ten high-ranking officials of G20 nations, as well as five ministers or deputy ministers from invited non-G20 countries.

In addition to state representatives, the meeting was also attended by delegates from various international organizations, such as ITU, the United Nations, as well as the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).

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