On 5 – 7 September, 2018 Prague hosted the Concluding meeting of the 26th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum «Promoting economic progress and security in the OSCE area through innovation, human capital development, and good public and corporate governance», which was attended by the OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Guglielmo Picchi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petřiček, delegations of 57 OSCE participating States.
The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, Ambassador Alena Kupchyna represented our country at the Forum.
The following key issues were addressed and discussed at the Concluding meeting: fostering a multi-stakeholder approach to leverage the opportunities of digital economy; promoting digital security in the business sector; digital innovations as a tool to strengthen good public and corporate governance; boosting innovative business models and economic connectivity in the digital era; harnessing opportunities and addressing challenges for human capital development in the digital era; providing inputs by the participating States to the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Milan in the economic and environmental track.
In her statement Alena Kupchyna mentioned that Belarus was consistently prioritizing economy digitalization, maximum use of digital technologies’ potential aimed, inter alia, at synergistic development of digital and transport infrastructures, harmonization of digital markets, which in all promote broader trade and economic cooperation among OSCE participating States.
The head of Belarus’ delegation stated that interaction in the digital economy sphere, building up of effective connections in cyberspace both among states and various integration processes in the Eurasian continent.
Alena Kupchyna also acted as moderator at the closing session of the Forum, during which the OSCE Secretary General, representatives of the Italian OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office and the Slovak upcoming OSCE Chairmanship presented the concluding remarks.