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International Seminar on "Seizing Digital Opportunities for Cooperation and Development" Held in Beijing

2020/09/11

On September 8, 2020, the international seminar themed on "Seizing Digital Opportunities for Cooperation and Development" was held in Beijing. The seminar, hosted by China Internet Governance Forum, was attended by officials from the United Nations (UN), renowned experts and scholars from home and abroad, research institutes and internet enterprise representatives via live and video link. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a keynote speech on Upholding Multilateralism, Fairness and Justice and Promoting Mutually Beneficial Cooperation, and proposed a Global Initiative on Data Security. Participants held in-depth discussions on topics such as digital economy development and cooperation, data and supply chain security and the process of global digital governance.

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Liu Zhenmin said, the broad application of information technology promises great potential for promoting progress of human society. Meanwhile, digital transformation has also brought new risks. China's initiative helps to deepen dialogue and cooperation on aspects such as implementing UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by applying digital transformation.

Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz of Pakistan said, the development of digital technology and the dramatic increase of data have pushed global connectivity and exchanges to a deeper level. Global digital governance should be oriented by interconnection, andshould abandon protectionism, crack down on fakemessages and safeguard the openness and free flowing of data.

Former Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev of Kyrgyzstan said, against the backdrop of US government initiating technological cold war on China, the international community pays close attention to how China takes actions and plays a leading role in digital revolution. The Global Initiative on Data Security (the Initiative)proposed by State CouncilorWang Yi is a good suggestion. In the long run, the Chinese side should take a step forward to improve research and innovation environment, attract global talents and strengthen fundamental theory research so as to provide lasting driving force for the long-term development of digital economy.

East West Institute(EWI) CEO Bruce McConnell said, the core of security issues of information communication is integrity, usability and confidence, and "techno-nationalism" policies and actions such as limiting market access and data localization severely damage innovation. Stakeholders including governments, enterprises, operators and users should work together to strengthen accountability and uphold the security of supply chains.

Member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and Professor of AarhusUniversitetWolfgang Kleinwächter said, the Chinese side's Initiative represents the government's efforts on promoting global internet governance, and strengthening it means to handle properly four aspects including security, economy, human rights and technology.

Wu Hequan and Fang Binxing, academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Zhang Li, Vice President of Institute of Modern International Relations of Tsinghua University remarked, the Global Initiative on Data Security is essential and timely-proposed, and is crucial for seizing the development opportunities of digital economy and building a development environment for digital security, providing code of conduct for governments, enterprises and individuals in the digital economy era.

Think tanks scholars, experts and enterprise representatives at the seminar discussed on topics including digital economy, data and supply chain security and global digital governance.

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