Digital transformation is an important driver of sustainable development and offers great potential to amplify social and economic benefits across a large number of sectors. However, current rates of digitalisation are very unequal: more than 3 billion people are not digitally connected, including many women. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, digitalisation can foster better education, reduce inequalities, boost economic growth, research and innovation and support better governance.
A more digitalised society requires the promotion of sustainability and the building of a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace, grounded in the rule of law, human rights and democratic values that leaves no-one behind. Today, the digital transformation is driven largely by data and is a key factor for global competitiveness, with great potential for generating economic growth and development and innovative solutions.
Digital transformation is bringing fast change that affects our labour markets. With the Communications on Shaping Europe’s digital future and the 2030 Digital Compass Decade, the EU has put forward a human-centric approach to digital transformation.
Africa Europe Digital Innovation Bridge
The initiative supports partner countries to strengthen their digital and innovation ecosystems and promote intercontinental cooperation between stakeholders in Africa and Europe. The ultimate vision is to establish a single market for digital innovation between both continents.
Black Sea Digital Connectivity
The Black Sea Digital Connectivity builds a new digital cable under the Black Sea that will be essential to accelerate the digital transformation of the region and increase its resilience by reducing its dependency on terrestrial fibre-optic connectivity transiting via Russia.
Central Asia Digital Connectivity
The initiative will enhance businesses and citizens' access to a secure internet through trusted satellite connectivity. Earth stations and other digital infrastructure will be positioned across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, linking to existing broadband infrastructure.
Digital for Development (D4D) Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean
The D4D Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) aims to step up the dialogue between the EU and LAC on digital issues by promoting a human-centred digital transformation.
Digital Interoperability in Central America
This initiative aims to facilitate Central American trade and promote its economic integration. In 2023, it will launch the Digital Trade Platform to facilitate trade and promote interoperability of national systems.
The rollout of the project across the island will provide Jamaica with wide broadband access. Jamaica’s digital plan includes addressing the digital divide with rural areas, facilitating access to education and also technological innovation for the private sector.
Digital Transformation and Connectivity Initiative in the Philippines
This initiative is part of the Sustainable Connectivity Regional Team Europe Initiative. It aims to scale up service provision from the Copernicus mirror site to all ASEAN countries to provide high-speed internet capacity.
EU-AU Data Flagship
The EU-AU Data Flagship will support the development of Green Data Centres, with the aim to support Africa in building a data economy and foresting its data sovereignty through secure data storage and processing capacities.
EU-Latin America and Caribbean Digital Alliance
The EU-LAC Digital Alliance creates a strategic framework to foster substantial bi-regional cooperation across the full spectrum of digital and space issues.
EurAfrica Gateway cable
The EurAfrica Gateway cable connecting the EU with Africa along the Atlantic Ocean coast, will foster the digital sovereignty of the two continents by ensuring the highest infrastructure and cyber security standards increasing inter-continental data flows development.