unctad.org | Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy, fourth session
Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy, fourth session
14 - 16 October 2020
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Based on the topic approved by the Trade and Development Board at its sixty-eighth executive session and the decision to establish a Working Group on Measuring E-commerce and the Digital Economy, the substantive agenda items for the fourth session are:

  1. Digital platforms and value creation in developing countries: Implications for national and international policies.

  2. Working Group on Measuring E-commerce and the Digital Economy.

The session will take place during UNCTAD eCommerce Week 2020, which will have the overall theme of “Creating value in the digital economy”.

Written contributions

In order to facilitate deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and best practices on the topics to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat by Friday, 3 April 2020.

E-commerce and the Digital Economy 


This session is open to all member States of UNCTAD. Other organizations, including specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in the general and special categories, as well as academia and the private sector, may participate as observers.

Online registration is mandatory for all those wishing to attend the meeting. All participants whose registration is approved will be granted entry to the Palais des Nations for the week of 27 April to 1 May 2020, to allow for participation in other sessions of eCommerce Week.


Language(s):English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Russian; Arabic;

Communications concerning representation:
UNCTAD secretariat
Intergovernmental Support Service
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: 41 22 917 0214
E-mail: meetings@unctad.org

Substantive inquiries:

Information and Communications Technology Policy Section
Division on Technology and Logistics
T.:  41 22 917 4895
E.: ict4d@unctad.org


Covid-19 Advisory
In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development (5 to 6 May 2020)
  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development (13 May 2020)
  • UNCTAD ad-hoc meetings
Please consult the information on COVID-19 for meeting participants here.

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