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Angelovska, minister of finance of North Macedonia and co-founder of Grouper.mk Nina Angelovska co-founded the first deal platform and leading e-commerce company in North Macedonia, Grouper.mk, which transformed the e-commerce market in the country … Ms. Angelovska has worked as a business development and e-commerce consultant, and her work earned her a place in the “Forbes 30 Under 30” in Europe list in the retail and e-commerce category in 2018

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They range from firms providing e-commerce, logistics and payment solutions to those helping entrepreneurs set up e-commerce operations … Implementing assessment recommendations UNCTAD’s eTrade readiness assessment of Senegal conducted in 2018 recommended, among other measures, getting e-commerce businesses actively engaged in a public-private dialogue, especially in the development of national and regional e-commerce strategies …

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without “slaying that same phenomenon that is going to create the world that we are aspiring to,” Dr. Kituyi said, recalling that e-commerce is a key tool for creating business opportunities in developing countries, and thus for fighting poverty … Dinesh Agarwal, founder and CEO of IndiaMART.com, India’s largest online marketplace, agreed with the UNCTAD Secretary-General, saying that e-commerce platforms played a critical development role in his country, especially for rural communities …

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technology and communications (ICT) infrastructure (with a goal of 98% of the population covered by a mobile signal by 2018) and trade facilitation on top of a favourable regulatory regime in recent years have created solid foundations for the … Vanuatu and Solomon Islands enable the development of a coherent vision by the governments to develop their e-commerce ecosystems and better integration with regional and global economies,” Shamika N. Sirimanne, director of UNCTAD's technology and …

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Strengthening the dialogue The Uganda assessment, for example, recommends the establishment of a multi-sectoral task force on e-commerce to help create a common understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with it … The reports consider seven key areas overall e-commerce readiness and strategy, ICT infrastructure and services, trade logistics and facilitation, payment solutions, legal and regulatory frameworks, e-commerce skills development, and access to finance …

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European nations hold eight of the top 10 spots on UNCTAD's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019, which ranks 152 countries on their readiness to engage in online commerce … For example, internet user data for 2018 were available for less than half of the countries at the time of index calculations … This year’s index was released at the opening of the first meeting of UNCTAD’s working group on measuring e-commerce and the digital economy on 3 December in Geneva, Switzerland …

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Related News 26 Mar 2018 - UNCTAD and Alibaba Business School kick off eFounders Fellowship for Asian e-commerce entrepreneurs 22 Nov 2017 - Launch of Jack Ma's eFounders Initiative 23 Jul 2017 - UNCTAD adviser, Alibaba's Jack Ma, launches African … A unique aspect of the programme was access to top Alibaba executives and successful e-commerce players like PayTM, India’s leading eWallet provider, and Lazada, the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia …

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Opportunities abound for Africa to engage in and benefit from e-commerce and the digital economy as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) comes into force, speakers said at an 11 December session of UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week in … creating an African digital single market, it will be necessary to avoid the fragmentation between small national markets that first beleaguered Europe the AfCFTA, which was signed in March 2018, was a positive step in this direction, Mr. Ansip said …

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Nicolas Martin, co-chief executive officer of African e-commerce giant Jumia, said while the most impactful actions were always the most long-term and expensive, there were low-hanging fruit to picked … executive officer of trade promotion agency TradeMark East Africa, Frank Matsaert, said that the formation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, foreseen in an all-Africa agreement signed in March 2018, was a response to Mr. Rwakatungu’s point …

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Afghanistan’s security challenges and political uncertainty continue to impede the growth of e-commerce, but its dynamic youth-driven IT sector could help make the difference, a just-released UNCTAD assessment of the country’s readiness to engage in … The government and donors are waking up to the value of a digital dimension to economic development in the landlocked nation, which in 2018 ranked 136 out of 151 economies in UNCTAD’s B2C (business-to-consumer) E-commerce Index …

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International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation and UNCTAD sign partnership agreement to support a diagnosis of e-commerce readiness in the Republic of Iraq … Iraq project will have three immediate objectives Enhance the understanding of Iraq’s overall readiness for e-commerce through stocktaking and surveys Increase national actions (policies and programmes) aimed at boosting e-commerce adoption in Iraq Enhance access to technical cooperation available among eTrade for all partners and to …

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"Studies carried out by UNCTAD show that vast reform projects are needed for Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo to seize fully the development opportunities offered by e-commerce, and that they will require ambitious actions on the part of governments … Togo powerful potential The potential for the development of e-commerce in Togo is limited there is a weak internet infrastructure, few online payments, and it is difficult to make or receive deliveries outside of the capital Lomé …

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The power of e-commerce to create jobs and increase trade in Myanmar was in the spotlight on 30 October, as government officials, development partners, donors and the private sector met in the southeast Asian nation’s capital Nay Pyi Taw to discuss … telecommunications sector, a growing tech-savvy youth population, innovative logistics solutions for the door-to-door delivery of e-commerce parcels and a fledgling tech start-up scene,” Shamika Sirimanne, Director of the Division on Technology and …

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Key findings from assessments of what African countries need to do to benefit from e-commerce and the digital economy were at the centre of discussions on 10 December at the first ministerial roundtable at UNCTAD’s African eCommerce Week in Nairobi … Opening the 10–14 December conference, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said there was a sense of urgency that Africa was being left out of the discourse on e-commerce that had already taken place elsewhere … “That’s why this meeting is important …

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Events such as the ongoing World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2018 encourage discussions worldwide and help find solutions that will contribute to the betterment and benefit of developing countries … The same goes for UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week, from 16 to 20 April, which offers a space for different stakeholders to discuss key challenges and opportunities arising from digital platforms, and to develop concrete actions to draw the maximum benefits of e-commerce for developing countries …

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Related links UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week (16-18 April 2018) Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy (18-20 April 2018) Seizing opportunities Electronic commerce is growing in all parts of the world … civil society organizations and businesses have the opportunity to discuss related actions at UNCTAD's Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy, which will meet from 18 to 20 April during UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week …

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assessment and strategy formulation Information and telecommunications technology infrastructure and services Payment solutions Trade logistics transport and trade facilitation Legal and regulatory frameworks E-commerce skills development Access to financing E-commerce and women’s empowerment Measuring e-commerce and the digital economy UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week, co-organized with the African Union and the …

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Alibaba's Jack Ma, UNCTAD's Mukhisa Kituyi and the World Trade Organization's Roberto Azevêdo say concrete action is needed to ensure poorer people don't miss the e-commerce boat … E-commerce sales have mushroomed from $16 trillion in 2013 to around $26 trillion in 2016, offering new business opportunities to anyone with an internet connection … “If you have a phone now … To help sharpen the global focus on e-commerce and development, UNCTAD holds an annual E-Commerce Week at the United Nations in Geneva …

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The barriers to expanding e-commerce are manifold and include limited awareness among policy and law makers, businesses, absence of dialogue between the public and private sectors, low internet access in rural areas, costly access to fixed and mobile-broadband internet, weak legal and regulatory frameworks, unsuitable financial mechanisms and insufficient business development skills, especially for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to start-up and grow e-commerce businesses …

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The 11-day course is part of a commitment by Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group and UNCTAD special adviser, to empower 1,000 e-commerce entrepreneurs from developing countries in five years … Topics covered will include e-commerce, payment, logistics, big data and tourism from Alibaba Group and other successful companies in the e-commerce value chain, with sessions touching on digital finance, smart logistics and rural e-commerce development, among others …