Organizational Structure of the eTrade for All Initiative


All Partners contribute to eTrade for All in the following ways:

  • Providing relevant information about their technical assistance programmes and projects under the specified areas
  • Responding to requests for assistance
  • Engaging in collaborative projects as appropriate
  • Fostering innovative thinking and idea generation
  • Furthering rigorous analysis of e-commerce development
  • Discussing and defining common goals
  • Representing eTrade for All as and when required, for instance, at meetings and conferences
  • Agreeing on an annual work programme for eTrade for All, including overall strategies and proposals built around the core objectives of the initiative
  • Forming as appropriate and on a volunteer basis task groups to prepare for or undertake specific joint activities in line with the overall objectives of eTrade for All
  • Contributing inputs to a formal end of year report with relevant information on activities undertaken in the context of eTrade for All
  • Reviewing applications by potential Partners to join eTrade for All

The partners include the African Development Bank (AfDB), Consumers International (CI), the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), E-residency (Estonia), the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP)/Global Prosecutors Network (GPen), the International Civil Society Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the International Trade Center (ITC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Africa (UNESCWA), the United Nations Social Impact Fund, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the World Bank Group, the World Customs Organization (WCO), and the  World Trade Organization (WTO).


Business for eTrade Development Council

To ensure effective public-private dialogue, eTrade for All works in close partnership with the Business for eTrade Development Council, established and managed independently by the private sector. Regular meetings of the Council will be convened and ideas emanating from these meetings will serve as inputs into discussions and meetings of eTrade for All. For countries and partners engaged in eTrade for All, interaction with the Advisory Council may serve as a mechanism to engage the private sector when discussing observed problems related to e-commerce and possible solutions.

The partners include: Alibaba Group, African Alliance for Ecommerce, the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, BiziSol, Burundishop, DHL, eBay, Ecommerce Association of Bangladesh, EMOTA, Etsy , Fedex, GfK, Google, Grasshopper, Huawei, Impact Enterprises, International Council of Swedish Industry, Kapruka, King and Spalding, Latin American Ecommerce Association, Nextrade Group, Paypal, Ringier Africa, TCS Holdings, Tradekey, UPS, vTex, World Information Technology and Services Alliance and the World SME Forum.


Administrative support

UNCTAD provides administrative support for the eTrade for All Initiative by:

  • Establishing and managing a dedicated online platform on available e-commerce assistance branded as eTrade for All
  • Convening regular meetings among development partners, private sector actors and developing countries
  • Mapping the demand for assistance among developing countries and countries with economies in transition with regard to e-commerce-related activities in the policy areas identified in this MoU
  • Mapping projects and programmes of Partners that can support e-commerce development in the policy areas identified in this MoU
  • Supporting interaction among Partners, by maintaining an electronic mailing list, arranging face-to-face meetings and audio conferences, preparing agendas and minutes; and producing annual progress reports.



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