Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE).- King Felipe VI this evening thanked the OECD for choosing Spain to hold its Ministerial Conference on the Digital Economy for the first time in Europe, with a speech in which he called for “urgent attention” to the risks and opportunities posed by the increasing digitization of all areas of daily life.
During a gala dinner held at the Pérez Galdós Theater in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with representatives from fifty countries around the world, the King momentarily deviated from his speech to wink at certain islands which, these months, receive millions of European tourists, as a star destination in winter.
“They are in the Canary Islands. It’s a good place to be at this time of year,” he joked. “Good choice.”
Accompanied at this dinner by the first vice-president of the government, Nadia Calviño; OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann; and the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres; Don Felipe underlined the importance of the motto chosen for this Conference: “Building a reliable, sustainable and inclusive digital future”.
Digitization, massive data exchange and artificial intelligence, he added, “are driving the global economy, permeating all sectors and affecting all areas of life”, in a process that entails “great opportunities for innovation, well-being and prosperity”, but also the risk of misuse and damage, which is why it represents a “challenge for governments”.
“This context,” the monarch stressed, “demands urgent attention, leadership and action from lawmakers around the world,” because “the search for a better society is today, and will be in the future. immediate future, closely and inevitably linked to the success of digital transformation.
For this reason, he said he was convinced that the debates that will be held these days in Maspalomas, in the south of Gran Canaria, “can strike a balance between extending the benefits of digitalization to all, while protecting citizens, society and the economy in the face of the risks it can generate”.
“This includes discussing rights in the digital age, connectivity and other digital divides, the issue of disinformation on the internet and how to ensure digital transformation supports the remnants of a transition green,” he added.
For the King, that Spain hosts the first OECD Ministerial Conference in Europe is a “recognition” of its important role in the digital transformation and its commitment as a country to face it as one of its “main goals”.
Finally, he encouraged work to ensure that this process puts the person at the center and is aligned with respect for rights. EFE