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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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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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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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E-commerce has the potential to lift intra-African trade from the current rate of 18% and to boost Africa’s share of global trade, currently estimated at less than 3%,” said Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, the African Union’s ambassador to the United Nations in … of the AfCFTA, which was adopted by African Union nations at a summit in Rwanda in March 2018 “In many African countries, adequate and affordable information and communications technology (ICT) connectivity to enable digitalization to take place is …

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Developing world e-commerce businesses can market and sell their goods and services to potential buyers both in their own country and in foreign markets … “And our Cyberlaw Reform Programme helps build the capacity of countries to design appropriate laws and regulations to facilitate e-commerce in a safe environment … In December 2018, UNCTAD organized the debut regional edition, Africa eCommerce Week, in Nairobi, Kenya …

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Written by Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University … Optimists and pessimists are divided about the consequences of new technologies for developing economies and low skilled workers … Will technology lift all boats by providing opportunities for … These notes are based on Dani Rodrik, "New Technologies, Global Value Chains, and Developing Economies", Harvard University, September 2018 … UNCTAD Africa E-Week 2018

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Written by Mukhisa Kituyi is Secretary-General of UNCTAD … By the end of the next decade, growth, productivity gains, and human development will be determined by levels of integration into the digital … But figures like these mask the fact that for many people in developing countries, the road to e-commerce is riddled with potholes … Simply put, the growth of e-commerce is not automatic, and the spread of its benefits is not guaranteed … But e-commerce is only one facet of the evolving digital economy …

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In the European Union, a new General Data Protection Regulation will go into effect on 25 May 2018 … In UNCTAD, a new Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-Commerce and the Digital Economy will be meeting for the second time during our E-Commerce Week in Geneva, held from 16-20 April … E-Commerce Week will gather about 1,000 participants representing governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations from some 100 countries …

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Speaking at a G20 ministers' meeting on digital … UNCTAD also runs the eTrade for all initiative, which brings together governments from developing countries with donors and partners to enable more businesses and people to benefit from e-commerce … Argentina has selected the theme, “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development” for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit and identified the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future as three key issues for the …

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Digital wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few US- and China-based platforms … The gap between the under-connected and the hyper-digitalized countries will widen and … Figure 1 Geographical distribution of the main global platforms in the world, 2018 Under current policies and regulations, this trajectory is likely to continue, further contributing to rising inequality, warned UN Secretary-General, António … Meanwhile, Alibaba is estimated to have close to 60% of the Chinese e-commerce market …

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Governments called on to apply the same approaches to building start-up ecosystems as they do for foreign direct investment … Related links The Least Developed Countries Report 2018 Entrepreneurship for structural transformation Beyond business as usual eFounders Fellowship Programme Hear what the Fellows have to say A recent UNCTAD report about entrepreneurship in … “E-commerce provides many opportunities for growth in the developing world, but we need to seize those opportunities now …