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THE ROLE OF STANDARDIZATION IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY WAS INCLUDED IN THE G20 FINAL DOCUMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME

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ROME, November 1, 2021 –The leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) countries, following the results ofG20 Summit held in Rome, adopted a final declaration,for the first time mentioning the importance of standardization work.

"Taking into account the needto support greater participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the digital economy, we declare our commitment to international cooperation aimed at the digital transformation of production, processes, servicesand business models, including through consensus-based international standardsand improving consumer protection, digital skills and literacy development,"the declaration says.

Thus, the heads of the world's leading economies stressed the need to use standardization tools in the digital transformation of the economy and industry.

It should be recalled that the issues of international standardization were first included in the agenda of the G20 within the framework of the summit organized by the national standardization body of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which chaired G20 in 2020.

On the sidelines of G20 Summit, according to tradition, a round tableon international standardization was also held in the format of a videoconference, which was attended by the heads of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the national standardization bodies of the G20 countries. Anton Shalaev, Head of Rosstandart, took part in the event on behalfof the Russian Federation.

The summit was devoted to the discussion of the role of standards in global trade and socio-economic development, as well as the exchange of experience and opinions on the further application of standards in response to the global challenges.

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