Technical, commercial and legal hurdles that still require paper documents would have to be removed, it said in a joint statement by the G7 trade ministers.
In addition, the group of G7 countries, which includes Great Britain and Germany as well as France, the USA, Italy, Japan and Canada, committed to open digital markets. Digital protectionism and authoritarianism are rejected and situations in which data are used to discriminate against people are viewed with concern.
“Digital and telecommunications markets should be competitive, transparent, fair and accessible for international trade and investment,” it said. Digital trade should benefit the common good – for example, improve people’s standard of living or meet the needs of employees and consumers.
Great Britain is chairing the G7 countries this year. Germany will take on this role in the coming year. (dpa / rs)