Mid-term review of the Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue
During the mid-term review meeting, both ministries aim to take stock of the implementation of the Work Plan and jointly define the priorities for the upcoming months. This time, they additionally exchanged on possible focus topics for the new biannual Work Plan which will be adopted in 2023.
BMDV was represented by Heiko Wildner and Philipp Schulte. Eliana Emediato, Vânia Gomes and Everton Goursand represented MCTI. The Secretariat for the German-Brazilian Digital Dialogue also participated in the meeting.
BMDV and MCTI see positive outcomes of the dialogue
The delegations of BMDV and MCTI highlighted that the Digital Dialogue is an important and successful instrument to work on the harmonisation of digital policies. The results achieved so far prove the relevance of the current Work Plan and encourage to continue the dialogue together with the engaged stakeholders.
During 2022, the German-Brazilian Digital Dialogue focused on implementing activities that were outlined together with stakeholders in the prior year. The topics of internet governance and digital government saw an increased engagement of stakeholders from civil society and academia. Wildner positively mentioned the events organised with the Brazilian National Agency for Data Protection (ANPD) and the ongoing working group that developed the green paper on 5G private campus networks.
New topics for the 2023-2024 Work Plan
For the new biannual Work Plan, potential new topics are the twin transition, mobility, Web 3.0, quantum computing and digital health. Most of these topics were already addressed in the Brazilian Stakeholder Consultations in November 2022.
The Secretariat for the German–Brazilian Digital Dialogue will further analyse the stakeholders’ interests in these topics and will suggest concrete activities to be implemented in the framework of the dialogue.
Wildner stressed that the topic of twin transition is a focus of BMDV, since digitalisation can be an essential lever for mitigating climate change. Emediato also stated that the matter will have growing relevance within MCTI from 2023 onwards.
Looking ahead: The Annual Meeting
The 2023 Annual Meeting of the German-Brazilian Digital Dialogue will be held in Brazil. High-level representatives from both BMDV and MCTI will participate on site.
The meeting is expected to take place in the second half of 2023. The ministries will decide on the exact date in the upcoming months.
More interesting news
On 8 November 2023, the Secretariat for the Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue moderated an online panel at the Brazilian Innovation Week, annually hosted by the National School of Public Administration (ENAP). The focus of the panel “Global and local: International inputs for the national strategy of digital government” lied on discussing international best practices of the digital transformation of the public sector.
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.
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