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D4D in the German EU Council Presidency

Fostering a #TeamEurope Approach for D4D

As part of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is setting Digital4Development (D4D) as one of its priorities, building on the European Commission’s communications (EU D4D Strategy, Shaping Europe’s Digital Future, Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa) and Germany’s continued engagement within EU D4D processes. In this respect, the EU prioritizes D4D acknowledging that the accelerating pace of the global digital transformation is giving rise to an increased demand for digital cooperation.

Digital technologies provide unprecedented opportunities for the economic development and welfare of African as well as European States and eventually for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). BMZ is fostering a human-centric approach. As we are committed to working better together and #TeamEurope approaches for digital development, BMZ is strongly engaged in the D4D-Like-Minded Group, D4D Coalition and EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force. BMZ is looking forward to deepening these ties through the EU-AU Summit 2020 and is responding to the recent government statement by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasizing digital and partnerships with Africa as priorities for the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

In Short: German D4D Priorities

  • A coherent implementation of the EU D4D Agenda and the EU-AU-DETF recommendations
  • Seeking a digital economic partnership between Europe and Africa building on a human-centric approach
  • Fostering the #TeamEurope-approach, combining instruments and contributions by all development partners from Europe and EU institutions
  • Launching concrete initiatives to operationalize the D4D Agenda

With the EU recognizing D4D as a key priority and Member States uniting their efforts through a coherent approach, the EU has the opportunity to evolve as a global role model for the digital economy in setting digital standards and supporting developing economies to go digital. To promote a swift, sustainable implementation of the EU D4D-Agenda and DETF recommendations Germany advances the following key deliverables in the German Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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