The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, emphasised at the closing of the OECD Ministerial Conference on the Digital Economy that this meeting of more than 50 countries has allowed the islands to “show their potential” as a “modern society full of opportunities”.
Torres spoke on 15 December at the final session of the Ministerial Conference, accompanying the Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, Ulrik Vestergaard Knudesen, and the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas.
“The Canary Islands have been the world capital of digital transformation for a few days, and this is not just symbolic, but rather a clear commitment to the outermost regions, because we are perfectly connected to the world,” said the president.
Torres stressed that a forum of this nature allows the islands to promote themselves as an “ambitious land full of opportunities, a modern society, with unique tax advantages, a fantastic climate and the capacity to attract investments that go beyond tourism”.
Because this autonomous community, he added, is taking “extremely important steps towards the diversification of the economy in sectors such as audiovisual, cybersecurity and the environment”.
The president of the Canary Islands considers that the summit served to confirm the key role of artificial intelligence in the transformation of the economy and in the search for “more resilient, secure, sustainable and inclusive” societies, although it also made it clear that “problems such as digital divides, disinformation or attacks on children’s or consumers’ rights must be tackled with intensity and results”.