7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Digitalisation

Digital technologies and services are being adopted in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. Information and communications technology, as well as resilient and efficient infrastructure networks, offer major opportunities for progress across sectors. They are proven enablers of sustainable development and inclusive growth. They can be key to improving lives, in particular by empowering women and girls, enhancing democratic governance and transparency, and by boosting productivity and job creation. However, lack of connectivity, mainly in Africa, and limited competition make digital technologies unaffordable for the majority of the population.

For this reason, the need to further mainstream digitalisation in EU interventions for sustainable development and economic growth has been strongly highlighted in the Commission Communication, which proposes a new Consensus on Development. The Commission proposes Digital4Development as the appropriate framework for mainstreaming digital technologies, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring an effective delivery. It will allow the EU to address the challenges linked to four main priorities of the EU development policy:g. Job creation and link with the External Investment Plan, Gender, Migration and Sustainable Energy and Climate Change.

In the context of Digital for Development, the European Commission will support enabling environments for the digital economy by enhancing free, open and secure connectivity, digital entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation, and will promote the use of digital technologies in various areas such as energy, governance, agriculture, education or health. The Commission will also support digital literacy and skills to empower people, including the most vulnerable.

Related sessions

Digitalisation
auditorium A2
7 June
14:00 to 15:30
Digitalisation
debate D1
7 June
16:15 to 17:30
Digitalisation
debate D7
8 June
13:30 to 14:45
Digitalisation
project S3
7 June
09:30 to 10:45
Digitalisation
project S3
8 June
13:30 to 14:45