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WTO/UNCTAD/PIFS Regional Workshop on E-Commerce
20 - 22 June 2017
Sheraton Fiji Resort
Nadi, Fiji

Key Issues

​Pacific island countries consider e-commerce as an important development tool that can significantly contribute to the growth of SMEs in the region, to increased trade and to national economic growth and development. Pacific island countries, in particular, need to identify their needs and priorities in this area to secure their interests and ensure that they benefit from this essential technology in the future. E-commerce can also contribute to enhancing the region’s use of ICT, which was one of the five regional priorities endorsed by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders under the Pacific Regionalism Framework of 2015.

The WTO/UNCTAD/PIFS Regional Workshop on E-Commerce is, therefore, intended to stimulate discussions in the region of the types of supportive policies that will enhance the role of e-commerce for development and prepare the region for any future work.

The workshop will feature presentations on recent developments in e-commerce, including on the state-of-play concerning discussions in the WTO, and in the seven policy areas of the eTrade for all initiative. It will aim to identify appropriate policies and laws that will promote the development of domestic and trans-border e-commerce in goods and services throughout the region. Another objective is for Pacific island countries to use their national experiences and identified challenges to come up with appropriate recommendations to ensure that e-commerce works for their future national and regional development.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Finland.

Co-organized with:WTO/UNCTAD/PIFS
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