The second in-person meeting of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) will start from April 17, 2023 to April 19, 2023, as set up by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
Alkesh Kumar Sharma, secretary, Meity, and K Rajaraman, chairman, Digital Communications Commission, and secretary (Telecommunications), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), notified that the inaugural address will be given by Union Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan along with Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, A Narayanaswamy. The key focus of the event will be digital connectivity and would comprise of three panel discussions on the topics ‘High Speed Mobile Broadband and its impact on lives, society and industry’,’Digital Inclusion: Connecting the Unconnected’, and ‘Sustainable, Green Digital Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities‘.
Upon the second and third day of the meeting, the members of G20 would debate extensively on the actionable deliverables in priority areas, specifically digital infrastructure, cybersecurity, and digital skilling. The delegates are expected to visit Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad to gain first-hand knowledge of India’s expertise in the digital and telecom technologies like 5G-I, 6G, internet of things etc. A ‘Multi-stakeholder Consultation for Mutual Recognition of Digital Skills’ workshop is also set to be held on April 18, 2023. Two programs namely ‘Stay Safe Online’ and ‘G20 Digital Innovation Alliance (DIA)‘ have been launched under the Indian Presidency to engage with the youth and entrepreneurs at G20 member states.