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



Flag of Tuvalu
13 December 2019Tuvalu lays e-commerce groundwork to spur development
25 October 2019UNCTAD kicks off eTrade for Women masterclass series
Flag of Iraq
29 July 2019Iraq sets sights on e-commerce opportunities
Africa e-Week
14 December 2018Future of Africa e-commerce looks bright as Nairobi event ends
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
13 December 2018Post-conflict Iraq to build e-commerce future with UNCTAD help
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 Events and Meetings

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Information Economy Report 2015:
Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries
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