High Level Seminar on the Digital Economy - A Policy and Statistical Perspective
15-11-2018 – 17-11-2018 Beijing
In recent years, macroeconomic, trade and firm-based analyses have become increasingly challenged due to the transformative impacts of digital technologies on economic activity. This new phenomenon is often referred to as the digital economy. The innovations through digital technology have changed the way products are produced, consumed and traded; jobs and income are generated; and investments are financed. A sound statistical measurement of the transformative impact of the digital economy can help in understanding the dynamics and the structural shifts in the economy and ultimately the impact of the digital economy on the domestic and global economic activity, the use of the environment and the quality of life of individuals. These insights should allow for improved policy and decision making for sustainable development by government and firms in advancing and distributing the benefits the digital technologies and seizing their opportunities while reducing their risks on the economy, society and environment.
The purpose of the high-level seminar is a) to raise awareness about the transformative impacts of digital technologies across our economies, societies and environment, b) to identify policy, research and information gaps as well as ways to improve interdisciplinary actions on the measurement of digital economy, and c) to present concrete proposals to strengthen cooperation for these actions in an inclusive manner.