On 22–23 May 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the annual Meeting of the Council of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at Ministerial Level in Paris, France. The main theme of this year’s event was harnessing digital transition for sustainable development. The meeting featured a discussion on how the countries could reap the full benefits of digital transformation and address its challenges, and on how the OECD could support policy making at both the national and international level.
At the event, a declaration by the OECD Council of Ministers was approved, which highlighted the most important OECD recommendations and declarations. A statement by the Chair of the Council of Ministers Meeting was also issued, covering the issues of artificial intelligence, taxation in the digital sector, competition, security, privacy and data, the future of labour, digital innovations, sustainable development, and a resource-effective economy and trade in the digital age.
The ministers approved the OECD Council Recommendation on Artificial Intelligence, which is the first set of intergovernmental policy guidelines on artificial intelligence and upholds international standards that aim to ensure development of safe and principles-based artificial intelligence systems.
At the meeting, the Recommendation of the Council on Guidelines on Anti-Corruption and Integrity in State-owned Enterprises was adopted, and the majority of OECD members joined the Declaration on Public Sector Innovation. The ministers also approved the revised Codes of Liberalisation aimed at ensuring that businesses and investors have equal conditions for operating in the countries that have acceded to the codes. The Council of Ministers also gave their assessment of the development of the new OECD Skills Strategy.
On the margins of the Ministerial Council, Edgars Rinkēvičs had a meeting with the OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, to discuss Latvia’s cooperation with the OECD.