71st meeting of the Committee on Digital Economy Policy - Paris

Paris hosted on 29 March and 1 April the 71st meeting of the OECD’s CPED. Portugal was represented at the meeting by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and ANACOM.

This meeting notably included a session limited to official representatives of OECD member countries and the European Union to consider the current status of the OECD membership requests of Colombia, Lithuania and Costa Rica and another that focused on the CPED working group mandates, composition of the Bureau and the working methods.

This CPED session was generally dedicated to the ministerial meeting to be held this coming 22-23 June in Cancun, Mexico. It approved the ministerial declaration that will be signed by ministers taking part in that meeting, as well as the support documents for debates in the various panels, which will be provided to the speakers. Also presented were the agendas of the stakeholders forums (Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council and Internet Technical Advisory Committee), which will take place in parallel sessions on 21 June. Lastly, the BIAC representative provided information about a ‘hackathon’ focusing on the topic of “Connected Communities, Connected Lives”, scheduled for 20-21 June (www.biac.org/connectedcommunities http://biac.org/connectedcommunities/).

Regarding the publication “Digital Economy Outlook”, the secretariat presented a proposed calendar, envisaging the start of data gathering in April 2016, with plans for the new edition to be released in September 2017.

The Committee also adopted the CPED’s proposed working programme and budget for 2017-2018.

Finally, a number of documents were declassified in session and per written procedure.

The next CPED meeting will be held this coming 24 June in Cancun, Mexico. The 73rd, 74th and 75th CPED meetings have been provisionally scheduled, respectively for 16-18 November 2016, 15-19 May 2017 and 20-24 November 2017.