On 22 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) invited representatives of Germany’s digital civil society to meet with a delegation of the Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy. The participants discussed key issues that affect digital societies in both Kenya and Germany.
How can we shape digital sovereignty in a globalised world? On 20 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted a panel on this question at the Digital Summit of the German Government in Jena, Germany. The panellists concluded that international cooperation, not isolation, is key to successfully strengthen digital sovereignty.
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 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.
Representatives of the start-up ecosystem of both India and Germany met at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in New Delhi on 2 November 2023. They exchanged views on cooperation opportunities, looked back at activities in 2023 and planned for 2024. The discussions focused on challenges and solutions to strengthen collaboration between India and Germany on start-up opportunities.
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.
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