At ministerial meeting in Mexico OECD members and Lithuania discuss digital economy


2016 06 23


On June 22–23, a Lithuanian governmental delegation led by Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Arijandas Šliupas is taking part in an OECD ministerial meeting arranged by the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy. The meeting held in Cancún, Mexico will address the challenges and possibilities of digital economy, its further development and sign a declaration on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity.

“The Cancún declaration and the outcomes of political discussions in the meeting will serve as a foundation for drafting recommendations for OECD members in the field of digital economy. The outcomes of this ministerial meeting are particularly important for Lithuania which seeks full OECD membership and has been given the first opportunity to sign a declaration of this kind. This will serve as a guide for Lithuania in formulating a policy for the development of information society,” said Mr Šliupas.

This is the third OECD ministerial meeting dedicated to digital economy.  Until now declarations have been signed in ministerial meetings in Ottawa in 1998 and Seoul in 2008. Accordingly to Mr Gurría, OECD secretary general, too many countries are taking a 20th Century approach to a 21st Century technology that is moving faster than any other the world has seen. The Internet is profoundly transforming the way we live and work, but we could be getting a lot more out of it. The longer we dither on the digital economy, the less benefit we will get out of it as societies.

The ministerial meeting states: Digital economy permeates the world economy. Information is flowing within and across borders with unprecedented pace and volume with significant impact on innovation, trade, global value chains and society as a whole. Few aspects of our lives remain untouched by digitalization. Meeting these challenges requires collaboration amongst all stakeholders – citizens, firms and governments - to develop new, economy wide approaches to digital economy policy development.

The declaration highlights four key policy areas aimed at the development of digital economy: internet openness and innovation, trust in the digital economy, building global connectivity, jobs and skills in the digital economy.

More than 1 300 delegates take part in the OECD ministerial meeting, with the Cancún declaration signed by OECD member and cadidate countries.