Vice-President Ansip in Mexico to discuss global cooperation in the digital economy

Today and tomorrow Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip is participating in the Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the Digital Economy in Cancún, Mexico. Vice-President Ansip, who is also a Vice-Chair of the event, will discuss with ministers and stakeholders from civil society, the business community, labour associations and the internet community, how to move forward, together, in the digital era. Ahead of the event, Vice-President Ansip said: “National or regional interests should not get in the way of overarching objectives: simplifying rules or creating predictable and stable market conditions for businesses, investors and consumers. Open international cooperation and discussions are vital in areas such as the open internet, data flows, privacy and cybersecurity, as well as internet governance” (see also his blog post). This afternoon, Vice-President Ansip will speak at the opening ceremony of the event (his speech will be available hereat around 16.30 CET). Vice-President Ansip will highlight the need for connectivity – which is particularly important as 60% of the world’s population still lacks access to the internet. He will also focus on the need for digital skills to make the most of new technologies. He will chair a panel on New Markets and New Jobs in the Digital Economy tomorrow. He will also have a series of bilateral meetings, in particular with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bains, Korea’s Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning Yanghee Choi, Mexico’s Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena and Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Department of State Daniel A. Sepulveda.