OECD Summit on Going Digital

‌  11-12 March 2019  OECD Conference Centre, Paris


This event will be streamed live

The OECD Going Digital Summit will serve as the high-level closing event of the two-year Going Digital Project. The main findings and policy messages of the project will be presented, including the Going Digital final synthesis report, a report on ‘Measuring Digital Transformation’ as well as a preliminary version of the Going Digital Toolkit Internet Portal, which will eventually include indicators, evidence, experiences and innovative policy practices.


The summit will bring together high-level policy makers responsible for policies related to the digital economy and key stakeholders, to exchange views and share practices and experiences in key areas of policy, look towards the future, and provide ideas for future OECD work. The agenda reflects the seven pillars of the OECD’s Going Digital integrated policy framework: enhancing access, increasing effective use, unleashing innovation, ensuring jobs, promoting social prosperity, strengthening trust and fostering market openness.


Due to space constraints at the conference venue, participation will be by invitation only. The event will be webcast. For further information, please contact goingdigital@oecd.org

Day 1: Monday, 11 March 2019

Opening plenary: Going digital stakeholder session

This session will bring together key stakeholders from business (BIAC), trade unions (TUAC), civil society (CSISAC) and the Internet technical community (ITAC), enabling them to formulate their input to the OECD’s Going Digital work, including future OECD work.

1. Promises of digital transformation

  • Keynotes on the importance of digital transformation for growth and well-being
     
  • Official launch of the Going Digital synthesis report.

2. Measuring digital transformation

  • Launch of the OECD report on Measuring Digital Transformation that will complement the Going Digital synthesis report.
     
  • Launch of the online Going Digital Toolkit Portal

3. Strategies for digital transformation

This session will focus on the need for comprehensive, whole-of-government strategies for digital transformation, and will explore national experiences in developing such strategies.

4. Addressing digital divides (parallel sessions)

  • 4A: Ensuring connectivity for all
  • 4B: Bridging the digital gender divide

These sessions will explore the first policy pillar of the OECD’s Going Digital Policy framework, i.e. enhancing access.

They will focus on two aspects, namely a) how to ensure connectivity for all, including in rural areas; and b) how to bridge the digital gender divide.

5. Making digital transformation work for growth & productivity (parallel sessions)

  • 5A: Fostering innovation in the digital age
  • 5B: Making digital transformation work for all businesses

These sessions will explore the second and third policy pillars of the OECD’s Going Digital policy framework, i.e. increasing the effective use of digital technologies and unleashing innovation. They will focus on a) how to foster innovation in the digital age; and b) how to make the digital transformation work for all firms, including SMEs.

6. Policies for the digital age

  • 6A: Taxation in the digital age
  • 6B: Policy making in the digital age

These parallel sessions will explore how policies may be adjusted to the digital economy. They will focus on two key aspects, namely a) taxation in the digital age; and b) policy making in the digital age.

7. Day 1 wrap-up

This plenary session will briefly summarise insights from the afternoon’s parallel sessions.

Day 2: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

8. Jobs in the digital age

This plenary session will explore the fourth policy pillar of the OECD’s Going Digital policy framework: jobs.

It will focus on the future of work and how to ensure jobs in the digital age.

9. Education and skills for the digital age

This session will explore the education and skills aspects of the OECD’s Going Digital policy framework.

It will focus on how to improve education and foster skills for the digital age.

10. Trade, investment and competition in the digital age (parallel sessions)

  • 10A. Trade and investment in the digital age
  • 10B. Competition in the digital age

These sessions will explore the seventh policy pillar of the OECD’s Going Digital Policy framework, i.e. fostering market openness. They will focus on two issues, namely a) trade and investment in the digital age; and b) competition in the digital age.

11. Imagining 2030

This session will feature a keynote by a young thinker on the future of digital transformation.

12. Can we ensure privacy in a data-driven world?

This session will explore the sixth policy pillar of the OECD’s Going Digital policy framework: ensuring trust.

It will focus on how to ensure privacy in an increasingly data-driven world.

13. Well-being and the digital transformation (parallel sessions)

  • 13A: Ensuring well-being in the digital age
  • 13B: Strengthening digital government

These sessions will explore the fifth policy pillar of the OECD’s Going Digital policy framework: society. They will focus on two key issues that are growing on the policy agenda, namely a) ensuring well-being in the digital age, and b) strengthening digital government.

14. Realising the potential of new digital technologies (parallel sessions)

  • 14A: Realising the promise of blockchain
  • 14B: Artificial intelligence: The way forward

These sessions will explore two new elements of the OECD’s work on digital transformation that will be at core of the planned work for 2019 and 2020. They will focus on realising the benefits of two key technologies: blockchain and artificial intelligence.

15. Steering towards a better digital future

This plenary session will draw conclusions from Summit discussions and explore next steps that the OECD could take on digital transformation.