Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 05:45

The EU-Australia Leadership Forum has released its report on the outcomes of its first Sectoral Policy Workshop. The one-day event, held in Canberra on 28 March 2017, attracted 26 delegates from industry, government and the NGO sector to discuss the role that technology plays in sustainable development.

The objective of the Workshop was to bring together experts from the EU and Australia to discuss the potential of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in international development around the topic “Digital Development: ICT as a development enabler.”

At the event, delegates discussed the potential that technological change provides for developing countries and explored some of the lessons learned, both positive and negative, on development in the digital age.

Speakers included Stefano Manservisi (Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Co-operation and Development), HE Tobias Feakin (Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs) and Natasha Smith (First Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

Key recommendations from the Workshop participants included consideration for the establishment of an EU-Australia Digital Development Innovation Fund and an EU-Australia eGovernance Cooperation Program in the Pacific to focus on capacity building of Pacific Island governments.

For further information, download the Post-event Report, authored by co-Chairs Chris Locke (Founder of Caribou Digital) and Claire Rogers (CEO of World Vision Australia).

Click here to register your interest in future events hosted by the EU-Australia Leadership Forum.

The EU-Australia Leadership Forum is a three-year project funded by the European Union. The project aims to broaden and deepen the existing ties between the EU and Australia, and to assist in shaping the future of the bilateral partnership.