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At G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Argentina, G20 ministers & senior officials issued declaration that reflects G20’s commitment towards promoting policies & actions that catalyze digital transformation.

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About G20 Meeting

  • Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, held on 23 - 24 August, was attended by 33 heads of delegation-Ministers, senior officials & representatives from invited countries & international organizations, like European Union (EU), United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) etc.

  • Delegated deliberated upon efforts to create conditions that help govt. , pvt. sector, & civil society maximize benefits & confront challenges posed by technological progress.

  • Other focus area of meeting was digital inclusion, in particular, gender divide.

  • Other related issues such as Digital govt. , digital infrastructure & measuring digital economy were deliberated.

What is G20

  • Group of Twenty (G20) is leading forum of world’s major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing challenges.

  • G20 is made up of 19 countries & European Union.

  • 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK & US.

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Image of Global Digital Snapshot

Image of Global Digital Snapshot

Global Impact of G20

  • G20 members represent all inhabited continents, 85 % of global economic output, 2/3rd of world’s population, & 75 % of international trade.

  • G20 policy-making is enriched by participation of key international organizations regularly invited to G20 meetings, guest countries invited to G20 meetings, guest countries invited at president’s discretion, & engagement groups composed of diff. sectors civil society.

India’S Points

  • India’s digital story is story of hope & growth; of opportunities & profits.

  • It is story of digital inclusion & empowerment.

  • Digital India is mass movement today touching lives of billion people.

  • Digital Infrastructure: India’s digital infrastructure includes 1.21 billion mobile phones, of which 450 million are smartphones, nearly 500 million internet subscriber, & ever-increasing broadband availability being supported by optical fiber connectivity in 2,50,000 village clusters.

  • Internet access to all: India has always believed in internet access for all & it cannot be monopoly of few. During meeting, India stressed importance of internet & how it can be linked w/more & more people.

  • Market for digital services: Most dynamic markets for digital services are in Asia, Latin America, & Africa w/India having one of largest foot-print of several popular social media & other digital platforms.

  • Misuse of social media: India had taken serious note of reported misuse of social media platform data. Such platforms will never be allowed to abuse election process for extraneous means. India assured that it will take all necessary steps to deter & punish those who seek vitiate process.

  • India presented non-paper at meeting listing its experience of using govt. platforms for inclusion & economic development, which was well received.

Data Protection & Individual Privacy

  • India showed its concerns about data protection & individual privacy.

  • India informed that it had already put in place stringent measures backed by laws passed by Parliament.

  • Privacy cannot prohibit innovation nor can privacy become shield for corrupt or terrorists.

Appreciation for India

  • India’s views received wide appreciation & support from several delegations including hosts Argentina, Germany & European Union.

  • Several other countries including Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia & Indonesia expressed keen desire to work w/India in range of IT & cyber-related fields.

  • Meeting saw great interest in India’s (Jan-Dhan, Aadhar, & Mobile) JAM trinity of more than 300 million bank accounts of poor along w/Aadhar & mobiles which is empowering poor by direct benefit transfer of their welfare entitlement into their bank account.

Important Agreements

  • G20 member nations agreed to promote policies that will contribute to bridging all forms of digital divide, w/special attention to digital gender divide.

  • Countries agreed to promote digital govt. & digital infrastructure, strengthen digital skills of workforce, deepen analysis towards digital economy measurement, & to share experiences & lesson learned.

  • G2O Ministerial meetings allowed India to showcase inclusive use of digital technology by Govt. to empower people. It allowed articulating its view on global issues relating to cybersecurity, data protection & innovation for growth.

Joint Declaration

  • Joint declaration issued after G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Salta includes proposals to reduce digital gender divide, transform govt. , measure digital economy & accelerate digital infrastructure.

  • In many countries, digital gender divide remains large.

  • G20 countries have extraordinary opportunity to implement policies & actions that accelerate full integration of women into digital economy.

  • Delegates included appendix w/concrete recommendations such as setting specific goals, eliminating stereotypes & promoting female digital entrepreneurship.


  • Global & universal digital infrastructure connectivity requires close collaboration b/w public, private & community stakeholders at local, national, & international levels.

  • G20 Digital Economy Ministers aim to encourage further action to improve design, implementation, & evaluation of public policies for accelerating development of digital infrastructure & extending coverage to underserved communities & individuals.

  • Recommendations will help reduce digital gender divide, accelerate digital infrastructure, transform govt. & measure new economy.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 4, 2018

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