Today, techUK and DIGITALEUROPE brought together the leaders of 22 national trade associations from Europe, along with the U.S. based tech group ITI, for a two-day summit in London to work together on the major challenges and opportunities facing European and global digital economies.
In an era of unprecedented technological and geopolitical change, tech leaders from national trade bodies across Europe and the US have united in agreeing to boost their collaboration and partnerships for 2017 and beyond.
Topics at the London Summit included ensuring inclusive digital growth that benefits all citizens; the future of work; the Digital Single Market; and collaborating on solutions for a smooth Brexit that works for technology businesses large and small that have customers across the UK, EU and beyond. In a fast-changing political environment, tech companies and their representatives agreed they have a responsibility to make it easier for people to understand and navigate the changes innovation brings to society.
Summit delegates also met with a number of representatives from the UK Government, including the Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock MP, and the Minister for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker MP.
Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the summit:
“techUK is delighted to host fellow DIGITALEUROPE members from Europe’s leading national trade associations and our colleagues from ITI in the USA here in London. It is now more important than ever for industry associations around the globe to work together on the challenges and opportunities that the next phase of the digital revolution will bring.
“We need to articulate more clearly both the issues and the benefits that our members’ technologies offer to European citizens and businesses. It is clear that our national economies are deeply interdependent across the globe. Collaborating on shared goals and solutions on issues such as Brexit and ensuring global trade flows will be critical not just for our industry, but also our customers, consumers and citizens around the world.”
Speaking after a Brexit roundtable, Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker MP said:
"Britain's world leading tech sector has a vital role to play in creating an economy that is resilient and fit for the future. So it was great to meet with trade associations from across Europe to outline our plan to build a truly Global Britain.
“That plan will ensure the UK continues to be one of the best places to start and grow a digital business, undertake research or trial a new technology.”
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Incoming Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, added:
“I am pleased that one of my first tasks as incoming Director General for DIGITALEUROPE is to lead this summit and meet with important figures in UK Government and across Europe. The UK’s exit from the European Union is going to affect digital economies across Europe and it is critical that we have smooth processes that work in the interests of the tech sector and society as a whole. I look forward to continuing this work with the National Trade Associations to ensure a positive outcome for all.”
Washington, D.C., based ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, joined the London Summit. ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield said:
“With today’s summit, transatlantic tech relationships look set to deepen and grow stronger. In an interconnected world, it is clear that tech voices in Europe and the United States are facing many similar opportunities and challenges for the businesses we represent and the customers they serve. In an era of constant change, it is only through dialogue and partnerships that we can pursue our shared aims of boosting trade, driving inclusive economic growth, and securing the benefits innovation provides for our citizens.”
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