On 22 November 2023, Kenyan and German government officials formally commenced the Kenyan-German Digital Dialogue. Kenya is Germany’s first African partner within the framework of the International Digital Dialogues. The government exchange solidified the commitment of both countries to regularly exchange on digital policy matters.
On 17 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted another Stakeholder Forum International Digital Policy. The aim was to exchange views on BMDV's draft of Germany’s Strategy for International Digital Policy. Representatives from more than 60 organisations from business, science, civil society and the technical community took part in the virtual event.
On 26 September, stakeholders of the Indonesian-German Digital Dialogue met in a hybrid mode to exchange views on data protection. They dived into the respective data protection policies in Indonesia and Germany and discussed the global significance of data protection frameworks.
The Secretariat for the International Digital Dialogues organised several events at this year’s UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 8 to 12 October 2023 in Kyoto, Japan. In addition to two receptions, two workshops on crucial topics took place. The workshops brought together a diverse range of experts to discuss how to build trust in user-centric digital public services (DPS) and how to create digital public infrastructure (DPI) that empowers people.
The Secretariat for the Mexican-German Digital Dialogue and the Green Recovery project of GIZ Mexico co-organised a panel discussion at this year’s Industrial Transformation Mexico (ITM) in León, Guanajuato. The panel on 6 October addressed the digitalisation of micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
On 14 September 2023, high-ranking government officials from Brazil and Germany reaffirmed their commitment to digital policy cooperation. Alongside representatives from business, civil society and academia, they assessed opportunities for joint cooperation activities. The Annual Meeting was complemented by a diverse programme that included meetings and visits to prominent companies and public agencies.
In collaboration with key stakeholders from the initiative “Data Spaces in Brazil”, the Secretariat for the Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue promoted a series of discussions on data spaces. Three technical workshops took place in Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Brasília. They highlighted the potential of data spaces to foster innovation and enhance the data ecosystems in Brazil and Germany.
From 9 to 13 September 2023, a delegation from the German Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) visited São Paulo and Brasília. Benjamin Brake, Director General Digital and Data Policy at BMDV, led the delegation. The visit aimed to foster cooperation and exchange of knowledge in digital transformation between Germany and Brazil.
On 31 August 2023, the first stakeholder exchange of the Indonesian-German Digital Dialogue took place. The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCI) jointly hosted the virtual event and informed about the national digital strategies of both countries. More than 80 representatives from politics, academia, business and civil society joined the exchange.
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