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  • ITC at UNCTAD E-commerce week

     24-28 Apr 2017  

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    The third edition of UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week with the theme "Towards Inclusive E-Commerce" offers a platform for concerted thinking and discussion where high-level government representatives, outstanding business leaders and academia, civil society and youth come together to gain better insight on how to ensure that developing countries can further engage in and benefit from e-commerce, and identify concrete actions going forward. ITC is invited to speak at several sessions:

     

    E-Commerce and Trade Logistics: New Challenges and Opportunities for International Transport and Trade Facilitation

    24 April 2017, Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, 16:30 - 18:00

    The session, organized by ITC, UNCTAD, UNECE and WCO, will consider the new challenges e-Commerce poses for traders and transport/trade logistics service providers, from both the public and private sectors’ perspectives, including the need for ever more efficient international transport and trade facilitation

    Inclusive Development and E-Commerce: Case of China

    24 April 2017, Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, 16:30 - 18:00
    ITC speaker: Marion Jansen, Chief Economist

    This session, organized by AliResearch, ITC and UNCTAD, will provide an overview of China's experience in deployment of e-commerce and its impact on inclusive development, as well as lessons learnt which could be useful to promote e-commerce development in other countries.

    Launch of eTrade for all Online Platform, chaired by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

    25 April 2017, Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, 10:45 - 12:00
    ITC speaker: Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director

    In line with the overall UNCTAD E-Commerce Week theme, "Towards Inclusive E-Commerce", the eTrade For All Online platform is launched to improve the ability of developing countries, particularly least developed countries, to use and benefit from e-commerce. Featured is, amongst other initiatives, ITC’s e-commerce technical cooperation with Rwanda.

    Kickstart of the Just-in-Time Course on Digital Commerce: Internet functionality and business models

    26 April 2017, Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, 8:30 - 10:00
    ITC speaker: Marion Jansen, Chief Economist

    This session, organized by DiploFoundation, will kickstart the Just-in-Time Course on Digital Commerce delivered by the Geneva Internet Platform, in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and DiploFoundation.

    Special session on assessing eTrade readiness of the Least Developed Countries

    26 April 2017, Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, 10:00 - 13:00
    ITC speaker: Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director

    Access to the internet, in particular broadband, is still limited in least developed countries. Due to a lack of e-commerce infrastructure and other barriers, LDCs cannot effectively leverage e-commerce to seize economic opportunities. This session will address the status, the gaps and recommendations in fostering e-commerce development in LDCs, focus on supporting LDCs to formulate concrete proposals to facilitate e-commerce and will help LDCs to identify areas, in which they could benefit from assistance by partners of the eTrade for All Online initiative.

    Trade and Investment Promotion: At the Crossroads of Digital Disruption

    26 April 2017, Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, 13:15 - 14:45
    ITC moderator: Martin Labbé, Senior Officer, Trade Institutional Development

    E-commerce enhances export promotion, which is a core service portfolio component of Trade and Investment Promotion Organizations (TIPOs). With the private sector now able to access trade information and potential clients at little to no cost via digital platforms, many traditional services offered by TIPOs are at risk of becoming irrelevant. At the same time, e-commerce is introducing new challenges for businesses, which TIPOs could play a role in resolving. The session will address the need for new online, targeted and customized services; new methods to measure online commerce; and a reconciliation of persistent problems (e.g. customs and certification) with new ways of selling services.

    The Gender Dimension of E-commerce

    27 April 2017, Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, 10:00 - 13:00
    ITC speaker: Arancha González, Executive Director

    While the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development aims to enhance the use of information and communications technology to "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls", there is an acknowledged digital divide in access to ICTs between women and men. This session will consider the role e-commerce can play in connecting women to international markets and value chains. ICT’s SheTrades initiative to bring one million women to market by 2020 will be featured.

    Can E-Commerce Trade Rules help MSMEs in Developing Countries?

    27 April 2017, Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, 13:00 - 14:45
    ITC speaker: Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief, Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business

    Cross border e-commerce provides the opportunity for to expand their business footprint beyond their immediate locales, and allow them to reach customers in the furthest markets. The question, however, is how the growing e-commerce trade interacts with the current framework of rules within the WTO, and also FTA commitments taken outside of the WTO, especially for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries.

    Supporting the Involvement of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in E-commerce

    27 April 2017, Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, 15:00 - 18:00
    ITC moderator: Arancha González, Executive Director

    For small firms to be successful in e-commerce they must be able to “connect the dots” so that the product or service can find its way to the customer and payments can flow in the opposite direction. This session will contrast experience of SMEs in developed countries and elsewhere and explore what makes the flow of goods and money easy or difficult to achieve.

    E-Commerce and Trade Logistics: New Solutions in International Transport and Trade Facilitation

    28 April 2017, Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, 10:00 - 13:00
    ITC speaker: Dr. Mohammed Saeed, Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser

    A key outcome of the discussions will be concrete recommendations for actions in the next years that can better assist developing countries to address challenges related to trade logistics triggered by e -commerce