International Digital Dialogues
The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) engages in Digital Dialogues with important partner countries. Its aim is to shape better conditions for the digital transformation of the economy and society.
As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Digital Dialogues provide a platform for direct exchange between policy makers, regulators, businesses, academia and civil society. They address topics of the future, ranging from internet governance and data policy to the application of emerging technologies and support for innovative start-ups and SMEs in the digital economy.
The regular discussions at government level are prepared and accompanied by multi-stakeholder engagement. They provide an opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other. Current issues can be discussed directly with policy makers. The involvement of the stakeholders ensures that political approaches and solutions meet current needs.
Commissioned by BMDV, GIZ supports the International Digital Dialogues with a secretariat. It monitors current developments, implements cooperation activities and contributes to strategy building.
The first work plan of the Kenyan-German Digital Dialogue was signed on 13 February 2024. State Secretary Stefan Schnorr of the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and Jackson Makewa, Director ICT of the Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy (MICDE), chaired the high-level meeting in Nairobi. Afterwards, around 110 representatives from business, civil society, academia and the public sector from Kenya and Germany exchanged views on the focus topics of the new work plan.
At the invitation of the German and Kenyan governments, the Data-Driven Cities: Conference for the Urban Common Good took place in Kenya on 12 and 13 February 2024. The focus was on the question of how data can be used successfully to promote the urban common good.
On 7 February 2024, Germany’s first Strategy for International Digital Policy was published by the federal government. It serves as a shared compass for Germany’s global digital policy engagement. The strategy is the prelude to and the foundation of an implementation process that will continue to involve stakeholders intensively.
As one of the largest emerging markets in the digital economy, Brazil is an important strategic partner for Germany. The Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue aims to strengthen these economic ties by acting as a platform for political cooperation and private sector engagement.
Sub-Saharan Africa's fifth-largest economy is a pioneer in the digitalisation of the financial sector. The bilateral Digital Dialogue enables Ghanaian and German stakeholders to exchange views on this and other topics.
The Indo-German Digital Dialogue provides a multi-stakeholder platform to promote bilateral cooperation. It brings together policy makers, the private sector and research institutions to jointly drive the digital transformation of both economies.
To shape better conditions for the digital transformation, Indonesia and Germany continuously exchange on matters of digital policy. Topics of the Indonesian-German Digital Dialogue include digital strategies, emerging technologies and digital business models.
In the Japanese-German ICT Policy Dialogue, two of the world's largest economies and tech powerhouses commit to jointly shape the international framework for digitalisation.
Republic of Korea
In the Korean-German Digital Dialogue, two major economies and technology leaders are jointly committed to shaping a better international framework for digitalisation.
In recent years, Mexico has made significant progress in its digital transformation, reflected in the optimisation of processes in various sectors. Together, Mexico and Germany are working on strategies to implement digitalisation and Industrie 4.0.
Connecting two of the most innovative economies in the world, the Singaporean-German Digital Dialogue is strengthening digital policy and linking businesses across sectors and borders.
South Africa is Germany's most important trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African-German Digital Dialogue offers stakeholders from business, academia and civil society from both countries the opportunity to get involved in shaping digital policy.
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The Digital Dialogues are a multi-stakeholder initiative. Governments and public authorities from Germany and the respective partner country meet with business associations, companies, civil society organisations and research institutes. The stakeholders can contribute directly to the government dialogues by bringing forward cooperation topics or addressing challenges they may face. A secretariat ensures that the most relevant questions and topics are addressed and solved. Whatever your enquiry, idea or proposal – get in touch!
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