OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting pays special attention to emerging technologies
On 22-23 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is attending the Meeting of the OECD Council at the Ministerial Level, which focuses on topical issues of global policy and strategic goals of the organization. This year, special attention is given to the potential and challenges of digital transition.
"Emerging technologies like 5g, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockhain, and Big Data cross state boundaries. In addition, global space is constantly changing. Thus, we need to find multilateral solutions making better use of the opportunities promised by emerging technologies," said L. Linkevičius during a discussion with other ministers from OECD countries.
"We need to modernize the organization and update its rules to be able to resolve cross-border trade disputes through negotiations," said L. Linkevičius.
Lithuania's Foreign Minister also called on the OECD countries to make a joint effort to counter disinformation and cyber security threats. “In an attempt to discredit us, third parties are employing emerging technologies. The OECD should contribute to its members' effort to increase the resilience of digital infrastructure and to combat disinformation effectively,” stressed the Foreign Minister.
At a strategic session dedicated to OECD’s further activities, the Foreign Minister highlighted the important role of the organization in the implementation of national reforms. According to L. Linkevičius, the process of joining the organization and one year of OECD’s membership have brought obvious benefits to Lithuania, including the ongoing reforms that are making the country‘s economy, the financial sector, education, social and employment policy, public administration, and the fight against corruption more efficient.
The OECD’s annual event is attended by ministers from the organization’s 36 member countries, as well as partner and accession countries, and representatives from international organisations.
Lithuania joined the OECD in 2018. This year, Lithuania attends the Ministerial Council Meeting as a full member of the organization for the first time.
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