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In the evolving landscape for e-commerce and the digital economy, various forms of digital platforms play a central role, facilitating e-commerce, payments, labour opportunities and cloud work as well as social interaction … with eTrade for all partners covering a wide spectrum of topics, a full Business Day, and the second session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy on 18-20 April (details from the 2017 IGE can be found here … E-week 2018

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The secretariat will provide a brief summary of the week and inform about the outcomes and how they can be used before the next edition of the UNCTAD E-commerce Week … The session will also offer an opportunity for delegates to reflect on the week, pose questions and make comments … Speakers Ms. Shamika Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD Mr. Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Policy Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD UNCTAD Youth … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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This is in line with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025, which calls on ASEAN to intensify cooperation on e-commerce with a view to developing an ASEAN Agreement on E-Commerce to facilitate cross-border e-commerce transactions in ASEAN … In this session, we will be sharing on ASEAN members’ experience and priorities for e-commerce, particularly towards the conclusion of the ASEAN Agreement on E-commerce by end-2018 … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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E-Commerce associations from all over the world will discuss on current hot topics and share their experience and challenges … These associations play a critical role in fostering e-commerce and associated development gains … Mr. Alan Rhode, CEO, Taxmen, Current trends in the taxation of international digital activities Mr. Jorij Abraham, General Manager, Ecommerce Foundation, Highlights of NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show 16.15-16.40 Coffee Break 16.40-17.10 Interactive panel on “the role an e-Commerce

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of Costa Rica to the WTO Speakers Ms. Marion Jansen, ITC Chief Economist, Introducing the report What Sells in E-commerce New Evidence from Asian LDCs Mr. Ouyang Cheng, Executive Senior Advisor, AliResearch, How to help SMEs trade through e-commerce H.E. Dr. Mostafa Abid KHAN, Minister, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the WTO, SME E-commerce in Bangladesh Ms. Mina ARYAL, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Nepal to the WTO, SME E … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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Convening experts from business and government at UNCTAD’s e-commerce week 2018, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will host a side event “Expanding e-commerce capacity for a sustainable 2030 … To address these challenges and foster an enabling environment for e-commerce, ICC believes that governments need to understand how the ICT ecosystem works in practice and drive well-informed and future-orientated policy approaches that encourage ICT … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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E-commerce opportunities are opening up multisector access to new markets, new consumers and new products, with e-commerce sales in Africa expected to “reach between US$50bn and US$75 billion per year within the next five-to-ten years”, according to … This session will include dynamic presentations and a panel from African E-commerce experts led by the Chairman of the Board of the E-commerce Forum Africa, and Deloitte Africa representative, Dylan Piatti … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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Many stakeholders have expressed interest in leveraging e-commerce to deliver inclusive growth … The Enabling E-commerce initiative supports public-private dialogue on e-commerce policy and practices that can benefit small business … The session will cover the following topics - Enabling E-commerce through regional public-private dialogue - Specific e-commerce and e-payment challenges and priorities Moderator Mr Sean Doherty, Head of International Trade and Investment System … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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This session will consider the role that e-commerce plays in empowering women in developing countries … Moderator Mr. Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel, Convener, BASIS E-commerce Alliance, Bangladesh Speakers Ms. Hanne Melin, Director Global Public Policy, eBay Ms. Lorena Diaz Quijano, Co-Founder, PUNTOTALENT and Managing Director of the Argentine E-commerce Chamber (CACE) Mr. Prosper Bizimungu, Founder, bizisol.com​ Ms. Claire Pillsbury, Deputy Director, Global Innovation Forum (GIF … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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E-commerce is booming all around the world, it is also significantly developing in Africa particularly with the increasing availability of technology solutions, IT infrastructure and services supporting e-commerce in general … As a result of this threat, what should be Africa’s strategy to build its e-commerce environment in order to capture a reasonable part of the value creation generated by its own market? Panelists and participants are invited to discuss these issues … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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While it is generally believed that the private sector should take the lead role in the development and use of e-commerce, the government at the same time has to play an instrumental role in encouraging e-commerce growth through concrete practicable measures such as creating a favorable policy environment for e-commerce, becoming a leading-edge user of e-commerce … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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Government officials and development advocates are increasingly aware that the domestic policy space necessary to promote e-commerce for development, and some proposed rules on e-commerce in the WTO, may represent different policy priorities … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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The aim of this session is to discuss the steps needed to increase consumer trust in cross-border e-commerce … Cross border e-commerce has the potential to increase market access for producers and increase choice for consumers, but it can be difficult for consumers to trust traders who operate under different rules and regulations … Cross border e-commerce is growing, but in most regions, it continues to be a small proportion of total e-commerce … A small expert panel will discuss the … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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One year after its launch during UNCTAD’s first E-Commerce Week in 2017, the Friends of E-commerce for Development (FEDs) Roadmap has served as the backbone for placing Development at the core of the E-Commerce discussions held in Geneva … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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The panel will explore the opportunities for growth that e-commerce affords developing nations and the challenges e-traders face there … the Director of the WTO's Council and the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) Division will analyse what WTO Members are doing about this, both in the context of the WTO's e-commerce programme and in the Joint Statement initiative for e-commerce … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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E-commerce is the entry door for Africa’s entrepreneurs to global markets and to earning higher margins by serving professional buyers and consumer markets directly, without the need to pass through costly intermediaries … of Grow Fast, Grow Global Mr. Oulimata Fall, Office of the ED, ITC, on secondment from Asépex Senegal Mr. Dylan Piatti, Africa C&IP Senior Chief of Staff, Deloitte and Chair of the E-Commerce Forum Africa Mr. Aape Pohjavirta, Founder, Funzi … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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go global’, empowering women, offering consumers located in even the most remote regions an assortment of goods and services at the click of button, e-commerce is the retail selling channel connecting people and businesses in the cross-border context … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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This session will identify the barriers that MSMEs currently face when attempting to engage in e-commerce, such as lack of affordable Internet access and logistical constraints … This session will examine the potential implications of such e-commerce proposals on digital industrial policy, including on best practices from various countries, and what impact the proposals could therefore have on MSMEs, women, and Least … UNCTAD E-Week 2018

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international development partners, academia and the private sector will take part in the ADB-ESCAP Workshop on Promoting E-commerce in Asia and the Pacific a Holistic Approach (27-28 August 2018) UNCTAD will contribute to Session 6 E-solutions to facilitate e-commerce and cross-border e-commerce, which aims to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to engage in and benefit from e-commerce

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Egypt last year launched a new National E-commerce Strategy … The strategy was developed in cooperation between UNCTAD and the Ministry for Communication and … In the presence of H.E. Mr Yasser El Kady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the new strategy will be showcased and country's vision towards making Egypt a leading e-commerce economy spelled out … Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD Egypt's Vision and Strategy for E-commerce Development … E-week 2018