The changes brought by the EU’s Digital Single Market offer the opportunity to put the relationship between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean countries on a new footing. This will be discussed during the high-level conference Digital4Med.
With the participation of State Secretaries and CEOs from EU Member States and from the Southern Mediterranean, this event will identify types of cooperation, from regulatory harmonisation to transfer of best practices, and from capacity building to infrastructure investment to trigger political engagement at ministerial level.
Digital4Med will be the occasion to promote the European External Investment Plan (EIP) as one of the tools for supporting the digital transformation of the Southern Mediterranean countries and the EIP's five priority areas, Digitalisation and Financing for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and agriculture are the most suitable.
This high-level conference is built around two sessions:
To support the deployment of digital services and technologies and move towards a data-driven knowledge economy requires underlying infrastructure. Access to broadband is one of the biggest constraints faced by citizens and companies in the region. The EU’s External Investment Plan (EIP) will mobilise €44bn of investments for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood, through an EU contribution of €4bn. Twelve EU guarantees worth around €800m have been approved, including technical assistance funding of €74m for a Digital Transformation Platform & Broadband Investment Programme, designed to increase the use of digital technologies, and widen rural access to broadband.
Supporting the data economy
The EU’s current effort to boost its domestic capacity in high performance computing (HPC), big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to act as a major multiplier for its engagement in addressing today’s challenges. Initiatives in this area will show how the EU's capacity can support its neighbours in building data research capacity, and in linking up nascent digital innovation hubs in the region. There is increasing interest in the super-computer community to work with the EU on modelling big data applications for agriculture, health, migration and water management, among others.
Digital4Med will be webstreamed! Follow this page or the Digital Single Market YouTube channel.
Soon it will also be announced an interactive online chat with experts from the Facebook corner at Digital4Med. Like the Digital Single Market Facebook page and follow live the discussions!
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