The eTrade for all Initiative, launched at the fourteenth Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD in July 2016, is a practical example of how to harness the digital economy in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, notably Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, 8, 9, and 17.
The initiative seeks to raise awareness, enhance synergies, and increase the scale of existing and new efforts by the development community to strengthen the ability of developing countries to engage in and benefit from e-commerce by addressing seven relevant policy areas:
E-commerce readiness assessment and strategy formulation
ICT infrastructure and services
Trade logistics and trade facilitation
Legal and regulatory frameworks
E-commerce skills development
Access to financing
As part of the initiative, demand-driven assessments are envisaged to provide a basic analysis of the current e-commerce situation in the countries concerned, and to identify opportunities and barriers.
The resulting reports will serve as a valuable input to these countries’ involvement in various discussions related to e-commerce and digital trade, such as in the context of the UNCTAD Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy.
It may furthermore help LDCs to identify areas in which they could benefit from assistance by partners of eTrade for all.
The Tuvalu Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment is the nineteenth such assessment conducted by UNCTAD and the fourth for a Pacific Islands Nation, after Samoa in July 2017, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in 2018.
As part of UNCTAD’s efforts to support the development of digital trade in the Pacific Islands, another eTrade Readiness Assessment is underway in Kiribati.
With this report, UNCTAD contributes to the recommendations of the joint WTO/UNCTAD/PIFS June 2017 Workshop on e-Commerce for the Pacific to have all Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat members benefit from an eTrade Readiness Assessment as a first step towards developing a coherent regional e-commerce policy.
The Tuvalu Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment and action matrix contributes as well to the Pacific Aid-for-Trade strategy and Trade Policy Framework of Tuvalu.