The industry association BDI calls for closer solidarity among the large democratic industrialized countries of the G7 group on the issues of digital politics and cyber security.

“The war in Ukraine is the wake-up call for greater digital sovereignty in the G7,” said BDI President Siegfried Russwurm about the meeting of the G7 digital ministers, which began on Tuesday in Düsseldorf and is due to end on Wednesday with a joint final declaration.

“It is now important for the G7 countries to massively reduce their strategic dependence on authoritarian states,” said the industry representative. “We can only maintain our technological lead if the G7 countries and their companies jointly advance key technologies such as artificial intelligence.” In order to procure raw materials for semiconductor production or to develop industrial cloud technology, it is time to forge alliances.

The BDI boss is currently also president of the so-called “Business 7” (B7), which is the economic equivalent of the political G7. The B7 are an amalgamation of the major industry associations in the G7 countries.

According to Russwurm, the economy of the G7 countries is concerned about a significant increase in serious cyber attacks on companies, critical infrastructure and state institutions. “In Germany alone, almost 90 percent of companies were hit by cyber attacks last year.” It is urgently necessary for companies to invest in resistance to hacker attacks.

The question of how the seven states can work together more closely on cybersecurity and other Internet issues is the focus of the meeting in Düsseldorf. This year, Germany holds the presidency of the G7. In addition to Germany, the group consists of the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Great Britain and Japan. In addition to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Federal Digital Minister Volker Wissing is also expected. The Ukrainian Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who is connected online, is a guest.


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