The European Global Gateway, launched in December 2021, promises close to 300 billion euros in public and private funds to boost connectivity globally. The digital domain is the first-mentioned thematic priority in the Global Gateway initiative and hence a crucial test of its success. It is of particular relevance as technology and digitalisation are at the heart of the hardening Sino-American conflict. Geographically, the Indo-Pacific region is of vast importance: it is the world’s primary growth region and ‘ground zero’ of great power conflict. As the EU embarks on its own distinctive strategic outlook to the Indo-Pacific region, it aims to contribute to open, safe and inclusive digital connectivity and engage with the region’s thriving digital economies. One year since the launch of the Indo-Pacific strategy and Global Gateway, this webinar will look at what the EU and EU member states have done so far to promote digital connectivity in the Indo-Pacific region. What steps are needed to help promote an open, transparent and inclusive digital domain, and vibrant and resilient digital economies that benefit people?
This webinar is the first in a series of Connectivity Conversations, which is part of the FIIA-led research project analysing the role of connectivity in Asia, broadly in the Indo-Pacific region, and its linkages with security, economy and sustainable development.
Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Christian Fjäder, CEO, Geostrategic Intelligence Group
Bart Gaens, Leading Researcher, FIIA