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Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments: A tool to help the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) drive economic growth, inclusive trade and job creation from e-commerce
12 December 2017
Bolsa Cereales
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Key Issues

Assessing the opportunities and challenges that the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) face towards e-commerce is frequently hampered by a lack of reliable information.

Many LDCs don’t have the information or technology available to assess and evaluate e-commerce and trade in the digital economy in their countries, which is a barrier to selecting priority areas for advancements and further development.

This session will present the findings of new Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments of the LDCs conducted by UNCTAD.

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The assessments by UNCTAD provide the current e-commerce and digital trade situation in selected countries and serve as a tool for LDCs to identify opportunities, barriers and relevant policy measures. A number of these assessments are being conducted under the umbrella of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) partnership.

The session will begin with opening remarks and a short presentation by UNCTAD of the latest findings from the Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments. The session will then explore key challenges and opportunities of e-commerce in LDCs through a panel discussion with representatives of LDCs, donors, EIF, UNCTAD and the private sector.

Objectives and Target Audience:

  • Use the event as a platform for presenting findings from Rapid E-Trade Readiness Assessments and raise awareness among governments, civil society, partners and donors
  • Define practical solutions and measures for strengthening the e-Trade readiness of the LDC countries who have participated in the assessments
  • Bring together government decision makers, professionals and leaders working on e-trade to exchange ideas, experiences and perspectives

Guiding Questions/Issues

  1. What are the key challenges communities, companies, and governments in LDCs face to embrace the digital dimension of international trade?
  2. How can countries capitalize on the Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments to develop national e-commerce strategies and promote trade and inclusiveness for sustainable development?
  3. How can we foster a dialogue around e-commerce and trade in the digital economy that engages micro, small and medium sized enterprises to support policy change from the ground up?
  4. What are some practical solutions for implementing the recommendations made in the Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments done to date?
  5. What is required in terms of financial support from governments, donors and the private sector to support the development of e-commerce in LDCs?

*Additional registration required for this event: http://tsds.ictsd.org/register

 
In Partnership With  
EIF  
Co-organized with:EIF
Language(s):English
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