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Introduction to the Course on Digital Commerce and Emerging Technologies
18 April 2018
Room XXV
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Digital commerce is becoming increasingly prominent in multilateral discussions and negotiations. As a consequence, permanent missions need to fine-tune their interdisciplinary understanding of the issue from both digital and trade perspectives. This is particularly true for many developing and least developed countries (LDCs), as they often have not yet adopted related policies at home and are still trying to identify their interests in such discussions.

To support developing countries and LDCs at this critical time, DiploFoundation, UNCTAD, ITC, CUTS International Geneva, and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) are offering an introduction to a course on digital commerce and emerging technologies during the UNCTAD E-commerce Week. This short introduction is based on the online course on digital commerce developed by the partner organisations and delivered three times during 2017 and 2018.

The online course offers an overview of key topics relevant to digital commerce such as:
(i) Internet functionality and online business models;
(ii) relevant economic policy issues, such as taxation, e-payments, virtual currencies, and competition;
(iii) regional and multilateral trade negotiations and agreements;
(iv) digital policy issues of relevance to e-commerce, such as cybersecurity, data protection, cross-border data transfers, and data localization
(v) the impact of emerging technologies, such as big data, Internet of things and 3D printing on e-commmerce.
This introductory session will offer an overview of some of these topics.

Breakfast will be available from 8:15 am.

Mr. Jovan Kurbalija, Director, DiploFoundation and Head, Geneva Internet Platform

Ms. Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Mr. Angel Gonzalez-Sanz, Chief, Science, Technology and ICT Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
Mr. Julien Grollier, Programme Officer, CUTS International, Geneva
Ms. Marilia Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher, DiploFoundation
Ms. Marie Sicat, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, ICT Policy Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
Mr. Rashid S. Kaukab, Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva
Ms. Neema Manongi, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the UN in Geneva
Mr. Quan Zhao, Trade Policy Advisor, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Co-organized with:DiploFoundation, UNCTAD, International Trade Centre (ITC), CUTS International Geneva, Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)
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