The eTrade for all initiative


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



06 July 2020Commonwealth and ILO join global partnership for inclusive e-commerce
eTrade for all
30 April 2020Benin, Mali and Niger eager to tap e-commerce opportunities
27 February 2020La Côte d'Ivoire cherche à améliorer son écosystème du commerce électronique
27 February 2020Côte d’Ivoire seeks to expand e-commerce
25 February 2020En Afrique francophone, les femmes entrepreneurs du numérique s'affirment
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Information Economy Report 2015:
Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries
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