At the OECD, we are revising our Recommendation on Broadband Development to promote widespread, affordable and high-quality communication services that can help narrow the digital divide.
Son tiempos muy difíciles para todos nuestros países miembros. La crisis del COVID-19 nos está planteando desafíos enormes en todas las áreas de las políticas públicas. También está poniendo en evidencia las enormes ventajas de la transformación digital y la gran importancia de la conectividad.
The OECD’s latest Economic Outlook projects a drop in global GDP growth of 6 percent in 2020, which could rise to 7.6 percent in case of a second wave of broad-based confinement measures. The impact on unemployment has exploded throughout the world.
Throughout this crisis, I have stressed that the choice between health and the economy is a false dilemma. Another false dilemma is the choice between a vigorous recovery and sustainability. We must pursue both objectives together.
It is creating entirely new market dynamics. We’re talking about very big business here. The value of personal data in Europe alone has been forecast to reach almost EUR 1 trillion annually by 2020. Data can be crucial in developing digital services that provide value to consumers. But we need to better understand the role of data as a new factor of production and how it can drive productivity.
Digitalisation is having a profound impact on our societies. It offers many opportunities as a driver of innovation in the private and public sectors. We are already seeing, for example, how our tax administrations are benefiting from these new technologies to enhance services to taxpayers, improve tax compliance and tackle tax evasion and avoidance.
One decade on, and technology continues to race ahead – at an ever faster speed. The social impacts have also become more pronounced. Digital innovation enables applications and services in a wide range of sectors, including in science, healthcare, agriculture, government and cities.
We now have a forward-looking roadmap for understanding how digitalisation is transforming our lives, how we can best make use of it, and how we can help those in danger of being left behind. This is an excellent start – but it is only the beginning. We must use Cancun as a springboard to keep the momentum going. We are now at a point of broad-based, technologically-induced structural change that will recast economies and societies.
The ongoing digitalisation of our economies and societies will not stop. We must be ready to make the most of it. This is our ambition, starting here, today, using the multi-stakeholder model that has served us so well: to be creative and bold in making digitalisation work for all people and for the economy.
The commitment shown by the Mexican administration in opening up government data is reflected in the country’s position in the OECD’s OUR data index of open, useful and reusable public data. Mexico is among the top 10 OECD countries in this respect and ranks above the OECD average, trailing the leading countries such as the USA and Canada by only a narrow margin.