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Second meeting of G20 Digital Economy Working Group begins in Hyderabad

Global experts will share their experience in emerging and telecom technologies and on technology led inclusive development.

Second meeting of G20 Digital Economy Working Group begins in Hyderabad

Monday April 17, 2023 , 2 min Read

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will organise the second in-person meeting of G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) in Hyderabad from April 17-19, officials said on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, MeitY Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma and Telecom Secretary K Rajaraman said the inaugural address will be given by Union Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment A Narayanaswamy.

The side events would focus primarily on digital connectivity and would comprise three panel discussions on the thematic areas namely High-Speed Mobile Broadband and its impacts on lives, society, and industry, Digital Inclusion: Connecting the Unconnected, and Sustainable, Green Digital Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities, the officials said.

Global experts will share their experience in emerging and telecom technologies and on technology led inclusive development.

On the second and third day of the meetings, G20 members, invited guests from countries and international organisations, would discuss extensively the actionable deliverables in priority areas namely Digital Public Infrastructure', Cybersecurity' and Digital Skilling'.

The delegates would visit the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, to gain first-hand knowledge of India's expertise in the emerging digital and telecom technologies namely 5G-i, 6G, Internet of Things (IoT) and various cases pertaining to welfare of citizens, the officials said.

A workshop titled Multi-stakeholder Consultation for Mutual Recognition of Digital Skills' would also be held on April 18.

The Stay Safe Online (SSO)' campaign and G20 Digital Innovation Alliance (DIA)' have been launched under Indian Presidency to engage with common people especially youths and entrepreneurs in G20 Member States, the officials said.

As part of India's G20 presidency, MeitY had organised the first Digital Economy Working Group meeting in Lucknow in February.