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Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP)
Mr. WonKi Min   
Ms. Pamela Miller   
Mr. Torsten A. Andersen   
Ms. Silvia Viceconte   
Mr. András Hlács   
Mr. Toshiya Jitsuzumi   
Mr. Raúl Rendón Montemayor   
Mr. Luis Magalhaes   
Mr. Bengt G Mölleryd   
Mr. Alex Nicholson   
(United Kingdom)
Open to all Member countries 
Costa Rica   
Russian Federation   
South Africa   
Observers (International Organisations):   
Council of Europe (COE)   
Date of creation:
1st April 1982
31st December 2018

Mandate:   -   Resolution of the Council concerning the Terms of Reference of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy [C(99)13/FINAL]

   -   Mandate extended by Council during its 1078th session on 26 February 2004 [C/M(2004)4 and C(2004)7 and CORR1]

   -   Mandate modified by Council during its 1107th session on 10 March 2005 [C/M(2005)6, Item 68, and C(2005)26]

   -   Mandate extended by Council during its 1187th session on 15 January 2009 [C/M(2009)1, Item 5, and C(2008)209]

   -   Mandate extended by Council during its 1285th session on 19 September 2013 [C/M(2013)16, Item 150, and C(2013)85]

   -   Adoption by Council during its 1293rd session on 13 February 2014 of the revision of the mandate of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy and its renaming as the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) [C(2014)9, Annex and C/M(2014)2, Item 20]




Resolution of the Council [C(2014)9, Annex and C/M(2014)2, Item 20]



   Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;

   Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/FINAL]

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council of 1 April 1982 establishing a Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy [C(81)59(Final)], whose mandate was last revised and renewed in 2009 [C(2008)209] and extended until 31 March 2014 [C(2013)85];

   Having regard to the role of the digital economy in stimulating the development of new sources of sustainable growth, innovation, employment, well-being and inclusiveness; and to the leading role that the OECD has long played in developing policies to maximise the economic and social benefits of the digital economy for all countries, including developing ones;

   Having regard to the need for strengthened international co-operation on Internet and more broadly Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy making, within the OECD and with Partner economies; and to the need for strengthened mechanisms that enable participation of all stakeholders in policy development processes, including governments, international organisations, business, civil society, organised labour, the Internet technical community, and academia;

   Having regard to the 2011 Recommendation of the Council on Principles for Internet Policy Making [C(2011)154] which builds on the 2008 Seoul Ministerial Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy [C(2008)99];

   Recognising that the strength and dynamism of the digital economy depend on effective access by users and innovators to communication infrastructure and services through high-speed networks, on openness, and on user confidence; and that any policy making associated with the digital economy must promote openness and be grounded in respect for human rights and the rule of law;

   Having regard to the recommendations of the In-depth Evaluation of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy [C(2010)33 and C/M(2010)9, Item 103];

   Having regard to the proposal of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy regarding the revision of its mandate, including that it be renamed the “Committee on Digital Economy Policy” (CDEP) [C(2014)9];


A.   The Committee on Digital Economy Policy has the following mandate:

I.   Objectives

1.   The Committee on Digital Economy Policy shall be responsible for developing evidence-based policies through multi-stakeholder processes that: i) stimulate the growth of an accessible, innovative, open, inclusive and trusted digital economy for sustained prosperity and well-being; and ii) leverage the potential of ICTs, in particular the Internet, and of digitisation to achieve key socio-economic goals such as improving productivity, providing opportunities for new jobs, contributing to mitigate environmental pressures and improving health outcomes and the quality of life in general.

2.   The Committee shall strengthen co-operation in these areas among Member countries and with Partners (i.e. non-Members), consistent with the Committee’s global relations strategy, with a view to fostering exchange of experience and co-ordination of policies at the national and international levels.

3.   The Committee shall, in particular:   

i)   Develop and promote a coherent policy and regulatory framework which supports competition, investment and innovation across the digital economy, and in particular:

a)   Facilitate convergence of and promote ubiquitous access to broadband networks, services, applications and devices;

b)    Encourage creativity in the development, offer, and use of the Internet and ICT goods and services, including applications, digital content and data; and

c)   Strengthen trust in the digital economy, including by managing digital security risks to economic and social activities, and protecting privacy.

ii)   Develop in co-operation with other OECD Committees, analyses and policies that leverage the potential of ICTs, in particular the Internet and data analytics, to foster sustainable growth and inclusiveness through enhanced entrepreneurship, ICT skills and employment, and better health, wellness and ageing.

iii)   Inform policy making for the digital economy, and in particular:

a)   Review and analyse emerging technologies, applications, goods and services, and call attention to their economic and social effects on market structures, regulation, behaviours, etc.;

b)    Analyse the economic and social impacts of, and drivers to, the development and use of ICTs, in particular the Internet, and of digitisation across the economy; as well as the implications of digital security and privacy breaches on the economy; and

c)   Develop measurement tools and methodologies, including using the Internet as a source for statistics, to strengthen the evidence base for the digital economy and to assess its contribution to the whole economy.

4.   The Committee shall determine the strategic orientations of its subsidiary bodies, and receive regular reports from them to ensure the co-ordination of their activities in furthering these orientations.

II.   Co-ordination arrangements

5.   The Committee shall maintain close working relationships with other relevant bodies within the OECD to ensure complementarity of efforts and effective use of resources. In the conduct of its work, the Committee will also, as appropriate, draw on the views and expertise of Partner, international organisations, business, organised labour, civil society, and the Internet technical community within a framework of co-operation that promotes mutual understanding and participation.

B.   The mandate of the Committee on Digital Economy Policy shall remain in force until 31 December 2018.


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