events

Road to 2023: D4D Hub in Action for EU-LAC Digital Cooperation

12.12.2022 15:00 UTC+1

2nd high-level event of the Digital for Development (D4D) Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean
Format
hybrid
Event location
Slovenia Permanent Representation to the European Union, Bd du Régent 45/46, 1000 Brussels

One year after the launch of the D4D Hub Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Branch, the D4D Hub cordially invites you to this multi-stakeholder event to follow the newest developments around the EU-LAC digital partnership. Slovenia, Spain, the European Commission will present the D4D Hub platform and hear input from regional partners on expectations, priorities and possible deliverables for the future. The discussion, organized in two parallel roundtable sessions, will focus on two topics:

  1. the avenues to shape an EU-LAC approach to human-centric and inclusive digitalisation with the help of emerging technologies;
  2. the opportunities in shaping the Global Gateway digital investment package for LAC.

The roundtables will be followed by a high-level session on political and strategic priorities in the area of digitalisation in the EU-LAC partnership for 2023 and beyond.

For more information, please read the concept note: EN - ES

Agenda

15:00-15:30

Arrival of participants

15:30-15:45

Opening remarks

  • H.E. Veronika Stabej, Ambassador for Science Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
  • Mr Iago Gil Aguado, Counsellor for Latin America and the Caribbean, Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union
  • Ms Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General, INTPA – International Partnerships, European Commission (virtual participation)

15:45-16:00

Presentation of the D4D Hub

  • Mr Félix Fernández-Shaw, Director for Cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean, INTPA – International Partnerships, European Commission
  • Mr Miguel González, Director, AECID training centre in Cartagena, Colombia (video participation)

16:10-17:40

Roundtable A: Shaping an EU-LAC approach to human-centred and inclusive digitalisation: the role of emerging technologies

  • Roundtable facilitator: Mr Mark Urban, Director for International Cooperation and Communications, RedClara, Uruguay
  • Introductory speakers:
    • H.E. Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva, Ambassador of Brazil to the European Union
    • Mr Luis Ricardo Oliva Ramos, General Administrator of the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), Panama
    • Mr Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit for Policy Outreach and International Affairs, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
    • Mr John Shawe-Taylor, Director, International Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) (virtual participation)


16:10-17:40

Roundtable B: Building together a Global Gateway digital investment package for LAC

  • Roundtable facilitator: Ms Beatriz Navarro, Correspondent, La Vanguardia, Spain
  • Introductory speakers:
    • Mr Félix Fernández-Shaw, Director for Cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean, INTPA – International Partnerships, European Commission
    • Ms Mónica Conde Barragán, Vice-President of International Relations and Cooperation, Bogota Chamber of Commerce, Colombia (virtual participation)
    • Mr José Juan Haro, Director, Latam Public Policy and Wholesale Business, Telefónica Hispam


17:45-18:00

Wrap-up session: main take-aways from both roundtables

  • Session A: Mr Mark Urban, Director for International Cooperation and Communications, RedClara, Uruguay
  • Session B: Ms Beatriz Navarro, Correspondent, La Vanguardia, Spain

18:00-19:00

High-level session: EU-LAC digital cooperation ahead of the Summit

  • H.E. Tanja Fajon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
  • H.E. José Manuel Albares Bueno, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (tbc)
  • H.E. Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Union (video participation)
  • H.E. José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (virtual participation)
  • H.E. Janaina Tewaney, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama (video participation)

19:00-20:30

Reception, hosted by H.E. Tanja Fajon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia and H.E. José Manuel Albares Bueno, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain


The event will be moderated by Mr Thierry Barbé, Head of Unit for Science, Technology, Innovation and Digitalisation, INTPA – International Partnerships, European Commission.

Translation into Spanish and English will be provided.