Digital Economy & Industry 4.0 Task Force Meeting in Bilbao

B20, Tecnalia and BBVA hosted a meeting at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

B20, Tecnalia (Tech Research and Development Center) and BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina) organized an event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, on March 12th. The Digital Economy & Industry 4.0 (DEI) Task Force met in the afternoon to discuss their agenda and establish their priorities on public policy.


The event started with a meeting between the Basque Government and the B20, attended by: Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, President of the Basque Government, Aranxa Tapia, Minister for Economic  Development  and  Infrastructures  of  the  Basque Government, Iñaki San Sebastián, CEO of Tecnalia, José Manuel González-Páramo, BBVA Management Board Member and FGI Co-Chair and Fernando Landa and Carolina Castro, B20 sherpas, among others.



The meeting was followed by an Inspirational Session that included the presentation of case studies and best practices. The session was opened by Arantxa Tapia, Carolina Castro, José Manuel González-Páramo and Tecnalia president Emiliano López Atxurra, who focused on the Industry 4.0 in the Basque Country, the G20´s priorities and challenges, Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe and successful experiences of Digitalization in the Industrial sector.



“Understanding the digital economies and their challenges is vital to obtain benefits from the new technologies and generate sustainable and equitable growth in the world”  Jorge Aguado - G20 Digital Economy Troika


Later in the afternoon, Jacobo Cohen Imach, Mercado Libre Vice President and B20 DEI Deputy Chair, opened the Task Force Meeting. The group debated on inclusion in regards to Industry 4.0 with the incorporation of small and medium enterprises, what type of global connectivity is required by the digital world, how to take advantage of new technologies to promote financial inclusion and the rules required for digital commerce.


“The 4th industrial revolution requires great cooperation between the public and private sectors to foster tech innovation” B20 executive sherpa Carolina Castro


On March 14 th, members of the Employment & Education Task Force will celebrate their first in-person encounter. The event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, at the International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters.