eTrade for All: Unlocking the Potential of E-Commerce in Developing Countries


E-commerce can become a powerful driver of economic growth, inclusive trade and job-creation across the developing world.

While some developing countries have made significant inroads into e-commerce, the vast majority is still lagging behind.

Numerous development partners, foundations, and private sector actors are working from different angles to unlock the power of the Internet for economic development. However, current efforts are fragmented and lack sufficient scale.

The UNCTAD-led initiative entitled "eTrade for All" aims to improve the ability of developing countries, and particularly Least developed countries, to use and benefit from e-commerce.

quoteA recent initiative by UNCTAD, eTrade for All, is an excellent example of a program which aims to improve the ability of developing countries, and particularly benefit LDCs, to use and benefit from the digital economy.quote
H.E. Dr. Syed Tauqir Shah
Ambassador of Pakistan


During a series of consultation meetings, several representatives of governments, international organizations and private sector enterprises involved in e-commerce lay down the foundations of eTrade for All.

Stakeholders have contributed their experiences, views and priorities on the eTrade for All initiative to best support developing countries wishing to engage in and benefit from e-commerce.

At the core of the initiative is the eTrade for all platform



14 December 2017Global e-commerce policy work to continue despite no deal at WTO’s MC11 meeting
12 December 2017At MC11, Nepal looks to e-commerce to hasten development in Himalayas
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29 November 2017Germany helps Least Developed Countries prepare for e-trade with 750,000 euros in aid
eTrade Samoa
05 October 2017Samoa takes important steps to becoming e-commerce ready
04 October 2017E-commerce growth is less important than how it impacts people
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Nepal Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2017/11)
Samoa Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2017/10)
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