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The day-long e-commerce and technology event featured an announcement by Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, of a $10 million prize fund for African internet entrepreneurs, to be known as the African … Their role is to create the … For Ms. Altman, “kids get it,” but “institutions often don’t.” She said that basic standard-setting and building a digital infrastructure was incumbent on governments – not just in Africa – and e-commerce would flow from that …

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Promoting structural transformation and productive capacities, including economic diversification, can help countries overcome disadvantages … Landlocked Bolivia has made impressive economic gains in recent years … Its gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an average annual rate of 4.9% from 2004 to 2014, one of the best economic performances in South America … As a result, the recent fall … While growth recovered to 4.4% in 2018, it remains below the average of 6% achieved in the decade prior to the VPoA …

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The report found that global recorded music revenues grew 9.7% in 2018, while total streaming revenues grew 34% to nearly half of all revenue, driven by paid streaming … “Creative content accounts for a significant share of e-commerce and digital trade,” said Keith Nurse, a creative economy expert and senior fellow of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies …

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Africa scales up its trade easing efforts after the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement entered into force in February 2017 and as it prepares to implement the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) signed in March 2018 … A central cog of the Trade … There will also be sessions on the gender dimension in cross-border trade, and the application of digital technologies in future modes of trading at a time when e-commerce becomes ever more important in international trade …

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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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Double whammy The sectors that make up most of Jamaica’s economy – tourism, agriculture and mining – were vulnerable to market volatility and the country was therefore diversifying into e-commerce and transport logistics, Mr. Rattray said … Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, who represents the African Union in Geneva, said that the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in March 2018 had taken the continent forward in terms of regional integration and creating a single market …

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UNCTAD eTrade for Women initiative's first masterclass in Africa equips entrepreneurs to reap more benefits from the digital economy … Christelle Assirou, a serial entrepreneur from Côte d’Ivoire, is revolutionizing e-commerce in her country and beyond … Yet startups in francophone Africa received only 1% of the US$1.16 billion raised in equity by African tech startups in 2018, according to a report by Partech Africa … “E-commerce is creating new opportunities for women in developing countries …

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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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COVID-19 crisis Accentuating the need to bridge the digital divides Consumers vs. COVID-19 For consumer confidence to pick up and people to trust e-commerce, more countries must have legal frameworks that adequately protect their citizens online … They include Thailand and Brazil, which have based their legislation on the European General Data Protection Regulation issued in 2018 – similar to Australia, New Zealand, Korea and South Africa …

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A country’s international logistics performance is dependent on the extent and modernity of its trade facilitation reform (World Bank, 2018 … relationships between data entities in international sales / transport contracts and demand a reformulation of measures in accordance with the broadening scope of channels (e.g. cross-border e-commerce) and modes of policy delivery (e.g. the internet …

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It would give a handful of … in developing countries where infant platforms tend to receive little or no state support UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2018 Power, Platforms and The Free Trade Delusion, released this week, maps the growth of super platforms and big tech … UNCTAD warns that there is a risk that the space of developing countries to design policies for enhancing development gains from the digital revolution can be severely curbed if the e-commerce proposals at the WTO are accepted …

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Bringing banking to more Africans means aligning public and private sector objectives and exploiting the gains made by mobile money payment solutions … since 2007 by Kenya’s Safaricom with its M-Pesa platform – can include more people into the economy in Africa and be the base of more sophisticated forms of e-commerce, speakers said on 13 December at UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, Kenya … More than 10% of adults in sub-Saharan … “It’s time to go beyond mobile money and look to e-commerce

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E-Commerce is making waves across Africa and youth can be a force to tip the scales in their favor for sustainable development … E-Commerce Week 2018 turned out to be greatly beneficial to youth as it addressed several barriers youth face in eCommerce, including access to finance, strict regulatory environments, lack of education and skills, and much more … Youth in Africa may especially gain from the session held on 16 April “An African Digital Structural Transformation,” which provided some …

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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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Though people increasingly buy online the goods they need and want – global e-commerce sales surged 13% to $29 billion in 2019 – most of the laws and regulations protecting us and our privacy were designed for an offline world … According to the 2018 survey CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, two thirds of people believe social media platforms have too much power …

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Written by Mukhisa Kituyi Secretary-General of UNCTAD … In March 2000, then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote in the Millennium Report that “the convergence of information technology, the Internet and e-commerce may well become as transformative as the industrial revolution … They will continue to alter the world’s economic landscape and reconfigure organizational structures … Fast-forward two decades and a “fourth industrial revolution … First published by Thomson Reuters Foundation News on 3 May 2018

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A 1.6-million-euro German donation to UNCTAD will help the UN's trade and development body work with African partners to implement a landmark continental … The German funding, which runs from November 2018 to December 2020, focuses on enhancing trade by building the capacity of African stakeholders to address the key objectives of the AfCFTA’s Protocol on Trade in Goods … Last week, Germany and UNCTAD also signed an agreement worth almost 250,000 euros to support the UN body’s work on e-commerce

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Written by Christopher Garroway and Chantal Line Carpentier of UNCTAD … Progress on fulfilling the Financing for Sustainable Development Agenda is slower than ever … This article considers constraints to financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addresses key obstacles heightened geopolitical tensions around trade and technology, growing external debt amidst unresolved systemic issues; unmet expectations about private-public collaboration for development finance …

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Written by Danijel Bajt and Yann Duval Article No. 47 [UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter N°85 - First Quarter 2020 … The WTO Trade facilitation agreement (TFA) entered into force in February 2017 with the aim to expedite the movement … cross-border paperless trade will not only reduce transaction time and costs but also increase regulatory compliance and enable the more direct engagement of small and medium-size enterprise (SMEs) in international trade and cross-border e-commerce