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Economic Prosperity in the Digital Age

The US is now the only developed economy without a clear digitization plan. If the country hopes to retain its status as a global economic leader in the Digital Age, which is essential to fulfilling its citizens' demands for more economic opportunities, this will have to change – and fast.

SAN JOSE – Around the world, people are demanding change. Recent electoral outcomes – perhaps most notably, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States – have highlighted rising economic uncertainty. In this environment, it is imperative that leaders articulate and deliver on a clear vision for inclusive economic growth, one that accounts not only for tax and trade policy – the focus of many of today’s debates – but also for digitization.

Representing $19 trillion in potential economic value over the next decade, digitization has the power to enable countries to kick-start GDP growth, job creation, and innovation. We’re already seeing the profound impact that digitization can have on countries that embrace it as a core driver of their economic strategies.

In India, for example, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is implementing a strategy that is transforming India into a technology powerhouse and setting the stage for a digital future. In France, the government has invested in an extensive national digital plan that is expected to create 1.1 million jobs over the next 3-5 years and contribute $101 billion to GDP over the next decade.

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