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OECD EMnet Business Meeting “Accelerating Digitalisation in Emerging Markets”


EMnet Business Meeting 

"Accelerating Digitalisation in Emerging Markets"

Friday, 2 March 2018 

OECD Conference Centre, Paris


The meeting on "Accelerating Digitalisation in Emerging Markets", will gather multinational companies, policy makers and OECD experts to discuss regional energy trends and their impact on business operations in Asia.

The event builds on the key findings of the 2018 edition of the OECD Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India, which put a special focus on the digitalisation in the region.  

Session 1: Digitalisation: major trends in emerging markets 

Internet access has grown from 4% to 40% of the global population in just 20 years, and there are no signs that growth is slowing down. Emerging economies are increasingly using digital technologies in areas from e-commerce to agriculture to banking. The OECD Digital Economy Outlook describes key features of the digital transformation: the internet of things, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.


Session 2: Understanding the key drivers of digitalisation  

Digitalisation can be disruptive yet holds tremendous potential for society and business. In order to optimise this potential, better understanding the main drivers behind digitalisation has become pivotal for business. Such drivers include infrastructure, skills, finance and digital government services (“e-Government”).


Special focus on digitalisation in Asia

Session 3: Fostering business growth through digitalisation in Asia

The economies of emerging Asia keep racing ahead, according to the latest findings of the OECD Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India. Assuming the trade momentum holds and domestic reforms continue, the region’s economy is expected to grow by 6.3% in the 2018-22 period. In this context, the expansion of the digital economy is reshaping Asian economies and generating new business opportunities, although with large disparities between countries.


Session 4: Connectivity in Asia: digital infrastructure, trade, and investment

Connectivity in Asia is improving as regional economies invest in quality digital infrastructure. Investments in infrastructure boost productivity and open new channels of business. Digital also has a role in supporting trade and investment, further enhancing connectivity. With increased cross-border flows of data and digital services, Asian economies need to update their trade and investment policies and need to boost the mobility of labour and skills.


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