Malawi Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment



Malawi’s Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment is the twenty-first of such assessments conducted by UNCTAD. This report is expected to contribute to the efforts of the Government of Malawi to build a robust, safe and business-friendly e-commerce and digital economy environment.

With the eTrade for all partners, UNCTAD is committed to supporting Malawi in its resolve to make e-commerce work for the country’s development.

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

  • Payment solutions

  • Legal and regulatory frameworks

  • E-commerce skills development

  • Access to financing

As part of the initiative, demand-driven assessments are envisaged to provide a rapid 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 (IGE) on E-commerce and the Digital Economy. It may furthermore help developing countries, especially LDCs, to identify areas in which they could benefit from assistance by eTrade for all partners.

Malawi Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2019/14)
05 May 2020