UNCTAD has launched a new project in ECOWAS which aims to build the capacity of law and policy makers in support of the e-commerce legal harmonization process in the region, notably in the area of e-transactions, cybercrime and data protection.
As part of the project, UNCTAD's TrainForTrade Programme, in cooperation with the E-commerce and Law Reform programme, delivers a distance learning course on the legal aspects of e-commerce to 220 participants from eleven ECOWAS countries in West Africa namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.
The training course is conducted in English and French from UNCTAD headquarters in Geneva through the TrainForTrade distance learning platform (http://learn.unctad.org) from 7 October to 8 November 2013.
It covers the following issues:
o Regulating e-commerce
o The legal validity of electronic communications
o Consumer protection
o Protecting intellectual property assets
o Content regulation
o Taxing e-commerce
o Privacy online
o Securing e-commerce
After the delivery of the first module, participants have already commented on the usefulness of the training course and the need to harmonize e-commerce laws across the region. They also appreciated the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience via the TrainForTrade online discussion forum.The training course will be followed by face-to-face courses in 2014.
The African Union Commission, the International Telecommunication Union and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law are partners in the implementation of this new project.
TrainForTrade is a Programme of the Human Resources Development Section, Knowledge Sharing, Training and Capacity Development Branch, and the E-commerce and Law Reform programme is a programme of the ICT Analysis Section, both in the Division on Technology and Logistics