Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy, sixth session

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy, sixth session
10 - 12 May 2023
Room XIX, Palais des Nations
Online and Geneva
, Switzerland

This Intergovernmental Group of Experts aims to strengthen the work of UNCTAD on information and communications technologies, e-commerce and the digital economy for development, so as to enhance its ability to support developing countries to engage in and benefit from the evolving digital economy, and reduce the digital divide, for the creation of more inclusive knowledge societies.

The substantive agenda items for the session are as follows:

  • How to make data work for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Working Group on Measuring E-commerce and the Digital Economy.

Written contributions

To facilitate deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and good practices on the topics to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat by Friday, 21 April 2023.

Written contributions that share experiences, good practices and forward-looking suggestions with regard to how to make data work for the 2030 Agenda are welcome, to inform the discussion on the first substantive agenda item, based on the following guiding questions approved by the Trade and Development Board in July 2022:

  • What are the key issues at stake for developing countries in relation to cross-border data flows?
  • What would be needed to ensure that benefits of the digital economy are shared more equitably?
  • What national and international policies and support measures can help address the challenges of developing countries in electronic commerce (e-commerce) and the digital economy?
  • What are the implications of cross-border data flows at the regional and international levels in relation to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda?
  • What is the best way to contribute to the debate on data governance to maximize the development potential of data?


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 and is required in order to be included in the list of participants.


The session will be held with physical participation, in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations, and remote participation, through a simultaneous interpretation platform in the six official languages of the United Nations.

A link to the formal virtual meeting will be sent to registered participants, at the email address used for registration, one day in advance of the start of the session.


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Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 10 to 12 May 2023
(TD/B/EDE/6/4) -  25 May 2023
(TD/B/EDE/6/2) -  28 Feb 2023  -  Agenda item 3 
(UNCTAD/DTL/ECDE/2023/3) -  28 Apr 2023
(UNCTAD/DTL/ECDE/2023/1) -  22 Mar 2023
(TD/B/EDE/6/1) -  28 Feb 2023  -  Agenda item 1 
27 Mar 2023
(TD/B/EDE/6/INF.1) -  02 Jun 2023
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Ms. Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
10 May 2023
Mr. Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, the GovLab
10 May 2023
Ms. Dorothea Kleine, Co-director, Institute for Global Sustainable Development, University of Sheffield
10 May 2023
Ms. Souhila Amazouz, Senior Policy Officer, African Union Commission
10 May 2023
Ms. Malarvizhi Veerappan, Senior Data Scientist, Co-author, WDR 2021, World Bank
10 May 2023
Ms. Uma Rani Amara, Senior Economist, International Labour Organization
10 May 2023
Ms. Cecilia Rikap, Lecturer, City University of London
10 May 2023
Mr. Abdul Muheet Chowdhary, Senior Programme Officer, South Centre
10 May 2023
Ms. Nanjala Nyabola, Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism
11 May 2023
Mr. Sharad Sharma, Co-founder, iSpirt Foundation
11 May 2023
Mr. Sebastian Rovira, Economic Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
11 May 2023
Ms. Damilola Olokesusi, Co-founder and CEO, Shuttlers; eTrade for Women Advocate
11 May 2023
H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Co-facilitator of the Intergovernmental Process on the proposed Global Digital Compact, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations
11 May 2023
Mr. Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
11 May 2023
Mr. David Jensen, Coordinator Digital Transformation Programme, United Nations Environment Programme
12 May 2023
Ms. Lorrayne Porciuncula, Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative
12 May 2023
Ms. Sorina Teleanu, Director of Knowledge, DiploFoundation
12 May 2023
Mr. Paul Twomey, Co-Director, Global Initiative for Digital Empowerment
12 May 2023

Agreed Policy Recommendations Item 3
12 May 2023

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Communications concerning representation:
UNCTAD secretariat
Intergovernmental support service
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: 41 22 917 0214

Substantive inquiries:

Digital Economy Policy Research Section
E-Commerce and Digital Economy Branch
Division of Technology and Logistics
T.:  41 22 917 62 35