Digital economy working group meeting of G20 to be held in Lucknow

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As part of India's G20 chairmanship, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will organise the first Digital Economy Working Group meeting in Lucknow from February 13-15.

An overview of the news

  • This year three defined areas will be discussed with representatives from all 20 countries.

  • The first is digital public infrastructure in which India has done a lot of work in this area with schemes like UPI, UIDAI, Diksha, Kovin, eSanjeevani and other apps developed in the Covid era.

  • Cyber security will be another important aspect of the meeting.

  • The third issue that will be discussed is digital skilling.

  • India is launching various projects in this area and providing skills through PM-DISHA and Future Prime Skills with NASSCOM, which is the National Association of Software and Service Companies.

  • During the meeting on the first day, side events will be organized which will showcase the work done by the State and Central Governments.

  • The Digital Economy Working Group was first introduced at the G20 in 2017.

Four workshops focussing on digital public infrastructure

  • Sharing implementation experiences of digital identity in various countries. 

  • Sharing of cyber security solutions for MSMEs.

  • Digital public infrastructure to boost attainment of sustainable development goals and use of geo-spatial technologies for infrastructure. 

  • Product development in the digital economy.

Global Digital Economy 

  • The global digital economy is currently estimated at US$11 trillion and is expected to reach US$23 trillion by 2025.

  • Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) plays a critical role in shaping the global policy discourse in the digital space.

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