Digital technology is shaping history. But there is also the sense that it is running away with us.
Where will it take us?
Will our dignity and rights be enhanced or diminished?
Will our societies become more equal or less equal?
Will we become more, or less, secure and safe?
The answers to these questions depend on our ability to work together across disciplines and actors, across nations and political divides.
We have a collective responsibility to give direction to these technologies so that we maximize benefits and curtail unintended consequences and malicious use.
Secretary-General, United Nations
UNCTAD’s eCommerce Week has become the leading forum for Ministers, senior government officials, CEOs and other business representatives, international organizations, development banks, academics and civil society to discuss the development opportunities and challenges associated with the digital economy.
Given its specific mandate, UNCTAD is uniquely placed to address the cross-cutting development implications of e-commerce and the digital economy.
- About eCommerce Week
The eCommerce Week is organized in collaboration with partners of the eTrade for all initiative to maximize synergies and benefit from their leading-edge expertise.
Since its first edition in 2015, the eCommerce Week has become the leading global forum for decision-makers, experts, influential players and key stakeholders from all backgrounds, including the private sector and civil society to explore ways towards an inclusive and sustainable digital future.
It offers a unique platform to discuss the development implications of e-commerce and the digital economy, to hear from regional and international partners about good practices that have been successfully implemented in various policy areas and to connect with potential partners.
The eCommerce Week, organized globally or regionally is a place to debate, share, learn and connect.
- Format and Participation
The eCommerce Week seeks to connect the dots by combining high-level policy discussions with learning and experience-sharing sessions. It follows a multi-stakeholder format as to foster synergies and cultivate inclusivity.
The eCommerce Week is open to all through an online registration system.
From a developing world perspective, it is vital that we get to debate the issues outside our different countries, recognize both the similar and dissimilar issues and get our government aware of the challenges and opportunities.
Very good balance between high level discussions and concrete field actions.
Excellent event. UNCTAD is the 'go to place' for e-commerce and the digital economy.
The various sessions that were conducted through the week are actually eye openers to some real processes and systems that do exist out there and can help small countries to push forward their international trading initiative.