Brazil is Germany's largest economic partner in South America. The country plays an integral role for many German companies as both a supplier and consumer of internet and e-service infrastructure. The Brazilian information and communication technology (ICT) market ranked 12th in the world in 2023, with a value of USD 45.2 billion, representing 36.5 percent of the Latin American market. Brazil has a mature policy and regulatory environment for digital technologies, and the digitalisation of the economy is being strategically promoted by the government.

To exchange views and align positions on framework conditions for the digitalisation, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) conduct the Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue. Within this bilateral Digital Dialogue, they implement activities to support the digital transformation and to promote initiatives in the areas of internet governance, data protection, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.

The Annual Meeting 2023. © Digital Dialogues-GIZ

The first Annual Meeting of the Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue took place in Brasília in 2021. High-level government representatives from both countries signed the first work plan of the Digital Dialogue. Since then, the Annual Meeting is being held alternatively in each country, bringing together government officials and representatives from academia, business and civil society. Together, they discuss digital policy and joint cooperation activities. During the third Annual Meeting, which took place in September 2023 in Brasília, the current work plan for 2023-2024 was signed. Key topics are (1) internet governance and data policy, (2) emerging technologies and (3) frameworks for digital innovation.

In the same year, the EU-Brazil Digital Dialogue and Partnership Facility was established to advance the partnership between the European Union and Brazil on digital policy matters. The EU-Brazil Digital Dialogue aims to promote policy harmonisation and regulatory exchange across policies dealing with digital technologies. It also fosters private sector cooperation between the European Union and Brazil through the organisation of B2B networking events, among other activities. It is part of the Team Europe Initiative Brazil and facilitates the implementation of follow-up activities of the EU-Brazil Dialogue on Information Society and Digital Economy (DISDE).

Find out more about activities within the Brazilian-German Digital Dialogue here!



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