How do third countries envisage their digital agenda?

Lunch debate


Digitization is a global phenomenon. Whilst Europe is developing an ambitious digital agenda and associated instruments, most of its trade partners are equally engaged in equipping themselves with a set of policy, legislative and operational tools to digitize their economy and compete on the global digital market. In view of which EIF wishes to hear from trade partners how the challenges of digitization are addressed in their country, and review the current state of the “digital dialogues” with Europe.

At this lunch debate, speakers from outside Europe will present the digital agenda in their countries, the vision, developments and hurdles they face as well as take stock of progress made. An overview of the international aspects of the DSM and interactions with trade partner countries will be given by a European Commission representative.


programme - 10/07/2018

Welcome and introduction:

Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair


Tonnie De Koster, Adviser for Digital Single Market International Outreach, DG CNECT, European Commission 

Shintaro Ogi, Director, Europe Center, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan

José Juan Haro, Director for Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Business in Latin America, Telefonica

Praveen Paranjothi, Founder & Head, Startup Europe India Network

Exchange of views with participants

(under the Chatham House rule)

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