G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking. (Supplied)
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Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.


Saudi Arabia reports 30 new coronavirus deaths

Updated 22 September 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 30 new coronavirus deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded 552 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, 30 new virus related deaths.

The Health Ministry said the new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 patients to 330,798, including 13,572 active cases that are undergoing treatment. Of these, there are 1,121 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.

It added that 30 new deaths have been reported; putting the tally of fatalities, at 4,542.

Meanwhile, as many as 1,185 cases have recovered, raising recoveries' toll to 312,684.

It also said that new 48,367 laboratory tests were carried, during the past 24-hours, bringing the total of tests conducted in the kingdom to 6,141,968.