OECD Meetings: CSISAC to Participate in the Ministerial Preparatory Meetings

February 11, 2016

The next meeting of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Committee will take place from the 22nd and 23rd of February, and the 29th of March to the 1st of April 2016 at the OECD headquarters in Paris (France). CSISAC will take part in this meetings to bring the voice of Civil Society to the OECD policy making process.

The first meeting is scheduled for preparatory purposes, focusing on the background and issue papers that will serve as the basis for the Ministerial discussions at the meeting, including the final approval of a draft Ministerial Declaration to be sent to the Ministers during the Ministerial for approval. The second meeting will be the last preparatory meeting towards the Ministerial, and it is expected to finalise the Ministerial documentation, and is expected to include discussions on getting progress in the logistics and the contents of the event. In addition, the meeting will review the CDEP Program of Work and Budget 2017-2018, and will provide an update on the preparation of the Digital Economy Outlook 2017, and the Next Production Revoluion OECD project by the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP).

With regard to events, the agendas will include the organization of the Stakeholders Forum the day before the event including in addition to CSISAC, the Business and Industry (BIAC), Trade Union (TUAC) and Internet Technical (ITAC) advisory committees. CSISAC is working to organize a Civil Society Forum where activists, academics and experts gather to exchange views on the analyzed topics and provide a constructive input to the Ministerial's discussion. At the meeting, the CSISAC will present the provisional agenda prepared by the CSISAC Forum Program Committee, together with TUAC. In addition, the CSISAC will be exploring options with the OECD and the member states to have official representatives in the Forum so to foster and active dialogue with civil society representatives.

The CSISAC is actively searching for participants from Latin America to take part in the preparatory work and participate in the Forum. Participation in the Forum and the Ministerial requires registration in advance, where a maximum of 100 participants will be allowed to register due to limitation in the available space. Details on logistics and participation have been published to facilitate engagement at http://csisac.org/2016/03/oecd_ministerial_registration_.php.