eTrade for all: Unlocking the potential of e-commerce in developing countries


E-commerce can become a powerful driver of economic growth, inclusive trade and job-creation across the developing world.

While some developing countries have made significant inroads into e-commerce, the vast majority is still lagging behind.

Numerous development partners, foundations, and private sector actors are working from different angles to unlock the power of the Internet for economic development. However, current efforts are fragmented and lack sufficient scale.

The UNCTAD-led initiative entitled "eTrade for all" aims to improve the ability of developing countries, and particularly Least developed countries, to use and benefit from e-commerce.

quoteA recent initiative by UNCTAD, eTrade for All, is an excellent example of a program which aims to improve the ability of developing countries, and particularly benefit LDCs, to use and benefit from the digital economy.quote
H.E. Dr. Syed Tauqir Shah
Ambassador of Pakistan


During a series of consultation meetings, several representatives of governments, international organizations and private sector enterprises involved in e-commerce lay down the foundations of eTrade for all.

Stakeholders have contributed their experiences, views and priorities on the eTrade for All initiative to best support developing countries wishing to engage in and benefit from e-commerce.

At the core of the initiative is the eTrade for all platform



30 October 2018Myanmar eyes e-commerce for jobs, trade and economic growth
05 October 2018Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo look hard at e-commerce opportunities
24 July 2018Solomon Islands and Vanuatu gear up for e-commerce
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23 April 2018UNCTAD's eTrade for all celebrates first year with a bang
16 April 2018UNCTAD assessments help three more countries get e-trade ready
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