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ITC at UNCTAD E-commerce week - 2018

  • ITC at UNCTAD E-commerce week

     16-20 April 2018 

    •    16-20 April 2018ec


    The fourth edition of the UNCTAD’s E-commerce week will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Development Dimensions of Digital Platforms”. The event is an important platform where Ministers, high-level government representatives, academics, civil society and development banks meet to discuss the challenges and the possibilities arising from the evolving digital economy. The 2018 edition will analyse the role of platforms and their role in achieving a sustainable development.

    Enabling Digital Entrepreneurship through Better Connectivity and Skills
    16 April 2018, 10:00 - 11:30, Room XXVII
    The session will discuss the need of connectivity and new digital skills to enable businesses and entrepreneurs to realize the opportunities of the digital economy. Digitalization offers companies and entrepreneurs benefits from improving their productivity, innovating and leapfrogging with technology and business models. However the spectrum of challenges is spanning, for example: ICTs infrastructure; affordability; content and skills. What are the barriers for digital entrepreneurship? How to make sure that enablers are put place? What best practices and lessons learned are already in the market?

    Platform-based E-commerce: What is at Stake for MSMEs?
    16 April 2018, 11:30 - 13:00, Room XXVII
    This session is organised by ITC in collaboration with DiploFoundation, UNCTAD, CUTS International Geneva and Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). The discussion will be focused on the engagement of MSMEs with platform-based e-commerce, the impact of the platform business model on competition, the role of the emerging technologies and the alternative offered in LDCs when the platforms are not available.

    How to Overcome Barriers to Cross-border Digital Payments
    16 April 2018, 15:00 - 16:30, Room XXV
    The workshop, organized by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, includes speakers from the largest international payment platforms and retailers, including PayPal, Alibaba, Amazon, and Google Play, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of international payments, from the international organisations including UNCTAD, ITC, and WTO to discuss the impact on commerce and trade, and representatives from financial institutions, including banks, Basel, Ministries of Finance, and the IMF to present the compliance issues that are resulting in 'de-risking'.

    What Sells in E-commerce: New Evidence from Asian LDCs
    16 April 2018, 15:00 - 16:30, Room XXVII
    The session, organised by the International Trade Centre and AliResearch, will present the new joint publication “What Sells in E-commerce: New Evidence from Asian LDCs”. During the session, country representatives will discuss about cross-border e-commerce and the way to shape a competitive environment for e-commerce.

    Going Global: Consumer Trust in Cross-border E-commerce
    17 April 2018, 13:15 – 14:45, Room XXV
    The aim of this session is to discuss the steps needed to increase consumer trust in cross-border e-commerce. Cross-border e-commerce has the potential to increase market access for producers and increase choice for consumers, but it can be difficult for consumers to trust traders who operate under different rules and regulations. Cross-border e-commerce is growing, but in most regions, it continues to be a small proportion of total e-commerce. A small expert panel will discuss the challenges and assess what steps retailers and regulators can take to reassure consumers.

    Introduction to the Course on Digital Commerce and Emerging Technologies
    18 April 2018, 08:30 - 10:00, Room XXV
    The session, organised by ITC with DiploFoundation, CUTS International Geneva, Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and UNCTAD, will provide a workshop aimed to develop the capacity of developing countries and LDCs. The workshop is based on the online course delivered by these organisations in 2017 and 2018 in Geneva.

    Leveraging Digital Platforms for SME Exports of IT and IT-enabled Services from LDCs: Opportunities and Challenges
    18 April 2018, 11:30 - 13:00, Room XXV
    Following the theme of the E-commerce week 2018, ITC organises a panel to investigate opportunities and challenges arising from the diffusion of the digital platform for IT companies, especially SMEs, in least developed countries. The panel will focus on the impact of the “gig economy” on the IT and ITES suppliers in developing countries, on the role of the suppliers seen by the platforms and the way to make these platforms more sustainable and inclusive.

    Understanding into Action: E-commerce Skills Development for Africa’s Entrepreneurs
    18 April 2018, 15:00 - 16:30, Room XXV
    In the framework of the UNCTAD E-commerce week, ITC organises a session focused on the small and medium enterprises in developing countries, in particular in African countries. The session aims to analyse the missing skills in the private sector and the ways the firms can be supported to acquire the needed expertise to succeed in the e-commerce.

    Maximizing the Value Added of E-Commerce in Africa
    E-commerce is booming all around the world. It is also significantly developing in Africa, particularly with the increasing availability of technology solutions, IT infrastructure and services supporting e-commerce in general. The challenge for African countries is not only to participate, but also to make sure that e-commerce generates value added that stays in Africa. Indeed, there is a high risk that the development of e-commerce does not generate local value creation. The session will explore the mentioned issues.

    How to overcome operational constraints that small and medium-sized businesses in developing countries face when setting up trade online
    19 April 2018, 15:00 – 18:00, Room XVII
    The Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy is a valuable space for dialogue on the development dimension of e-commerce and the digital economy. The Group provides an opportunity to share experiences and best practices for developing countries to benefit from e-commerce and the digital economy, as well as to agree on relevant policy recommendations.

    Fostering Effective Trade Logistics in a Digital World
    19 April 2018, 15:00 - 18:00, Room XXVI
    Organised in close cooperation with UNCTAD, UNECE and ITC, this session will analyse the impact that e-commerce has on logistics providers, e-commerce providers and regulators. Starting from their point of view on the current situation, the session will analyse as well the changes needed to improve the logistics sector, in order to benefit the e-commerce.