The European Union (EU) along with several Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico among others, have come together to form the EU-LAC Digital Alliance. This innovative framework aims to foster a deeper partnership between the regions by encouraging dialogue and cooperation on various digital matters. The participation is wide open – from government agencies to private sector stakeholders – creating a diverse and inclusive platform for collaboration.
The EU-LAC Digital Alliance is not just about fostering dialogue – it’s about taking tangible steps too. It serves as a strategic framework for future cooperation and ensures the smooth continuation of ongoing projects. This includes those involving EU Member States’ cooperation and EU-supported infrastructure in the LAC region. The alliance spans an extensive array of digital issues including internet governance, data governance, security, artificial intelligence, skills development, and even space-related activities!
One of the hallmarks of the EU-LAC Digital Alliance is its commitment to shared values. It champions a human-centric vision of the digital economy where technology is guided by universal human rights and fundamental freedoms. This embraces everything from rule of law to privacy protection and environmental sustainability. The core idea is to ensure that digitalisation primarily benefits people.
On the implementation front, the alliance plans to encourage a periodic dialogue for exchanging information and best practices on digital policy. This discourse will involve a wide range of participants from governments, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, to private stakeholders. The objective is to stimulate connectivity, inclusion, innovation, and the digitalisation of public services and business. To ensure they’re on track, progress reviews will be conducted annually.