Global Youth Development Forum spotlights youth participation in the digital economy

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The Global Youth Development Forum Digital Economy Thematic Forum was held in Beijing, capital of China, on July 23. Photo: China Youth Daily

The Global Youth Development Forum’s Digital Economy Thematic Forum was held in Beijing on Saturday, focusing on how to promote youth participation globally and jointly address the opportunities and challenges of the Digital Economy.

Attracting nearly 400 politicians, academics, entrepreneurs, heads of international organizations and youth leaders from around the world, the Digital Economy Thematic Forum is an important part of the Global Youth Development Forum, which has been announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the High-Level Dialogue on Global Development on June 24. This forum aims to bring together the broadest possible forces for the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

During the opening speech of the forum, the chief economist of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Xu Kemin said that the digital economy is the future of the global economy and that it becomes a key force in restructuring global factor resources, reshaping global economic structures and altering patterns of global competition

China has always adhered to inclusive development and brought benefits to the people of all countries, advocated joint governance and shared benefits, and promoted mutually beneficial integration, Xu noted, hoping that the younger generations growing up and co-develop alongside Internet technologies can actively share relevant knowledge and practices, so as to participate together in building a global digital economy.

At the heart of today’s digital economy is the largest and most tech-savvy generation of young people in history, Beate Trankmann, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) representative in China, said in his speech that these “digital natives” have enough potential to create innovative solutions to promote social progress, and also have the ability to help build a more inclusive and sustainable world.

China’s digital economy reached 45.5 trillion yuan in 2021, up 16.2 percent year on year, according to the 2022 China Digital Economy Development Report released by the Chinese Academy of Information Technology. information and communication (CAICT).

According to the 2021 Chinese Digital Economy Employment Development Report released by CAICT, employment in the consumer-oriented service sector in the field of industrial digitalization accounts for up to 60.2%, and the demand for talent is much higher than that of the first and first. second industries. It has a strong ability to attract talent in new media, web media, live streaming and video sharing.

The rapid development of the digital economy is driving changes in production patterns, lifestyles and governance, creating hundreds of millions of jobs and opening up unprecedented new employment opportunities for young people not only in China. but also all over the world.

An audience recorded the scene with their mobile phones at the Global Youth Development Forum Digital Economy Thematic Forum.  Photo: Chinese Youth Daily

An audience recorded the scene with their mobile phones during the Global Youth Development Forum Digital Economy Thematic Forum on July 23. Photo: China Youth Daily

During the Youth Engagement Sharing Session of the Thematic Forum on Digital Economy, young entrepreneurs from different countries including China, India and Bangladesh shared their experience in using technology to strengthen the development of the industry, bringing the wisdom of young people to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. for Sustainable Development.

Himadrish Suwan, President of the Confederation of Young Leaders of India, told the conference that the lives of Indian residents have become more convenient and faster thanks to the digital economy.

Nakazono Kenji, chairman of the Japan Seinendan Council, said young Japanese are constantly using digital technology to innovate. “Modern people, represented by young people, are enjoying the benefits of the digital economy. Each of us should take a careful look at the society we want and strive for a better future,” he said.

Young entrepreneurs in China also receive support from international organizations. Trankmann said UNDP, through its Youth Co:LAB, has been supporting Chinese youth through e-commerce platforms to help farmers sell agricultural products on internet platforms for the past four years. to promote rural revitalization in China.

“We need the support of everyone, including governments and businesses. Digitization is increasingly becoming an integral part of all aspects of our society. The innovative thinking of young people will help lead this ongoing technological revolution,” said said Trankmann.

As an industry committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the mobile industry has a responsibility to build a digital world where every young person has an equal opportunity to participate, said GSMA Chief Executive Mats Granryd.

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