14 December 2018

ITFC and UNCTAD: Post-conflict Iraq to build e-commerce future with UNCTAD help

    International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation and UNCTAD sign partnership agreement to support a diagnosis of e-commerce readiness in the Republic of Iraq.Iraq’s ambassador to Kenya...
    13 December 2018

    UNCTAD – Is the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement an enabler of e-Commerce?

      Written by Arántzazu Sánchez Article No. 27  After more than a decade of negotiations, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement entered into force in February 2017. With...
      13 December 2018

      UNCTAD – Mobile money holds key to financial inclusion in Africa, experts say

        Bringing banking to more Africans means aligning public and private sector objectives and exploiting the gains made by mobile money payment solutions.Sending and receiving money...
        13 December 2018

        ITU – WSIS – Open Consultation Process on Shaping the Themes and Format of WSIS Forum 2019

          The WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme and agenda are completely crowdsourced. Therefore, as organizers, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and...
          13 December 2018

          ITU – New ”Measuring the Information Society Report​” Volume 1 available

            The 2018 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched during the 16th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS), 10 to 12 December 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.The...
          13 December 2018

          WEF – Digitisation, the future of workforce

          Automation, digital platforms and other innovations are changing the basic nature of the world economy and bringing about a tectonic shift in the upcoming career...
          12 December 2018

          ITU – Four ways countries can optimize ICT data to maximize social impact

            Most policy-makers would agree that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can accelerate progress on all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But they...
            12 December 2018

            ITU – Access to and use of ICTs keep growing but stronger ICT skills needed to connect people everywhere

              More and more people have access to and are using the Internet. However, stronger information and communication technology (ICT) skills are needed to connect people...
              12 December 2018

              ITC and GroFin launch SheTrades Invest for women entrepreneurs

                SheTrades Invest to offer impact capital to women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises across 14 countriesby ITC News(Geneva) – The International Trade Centre (ITC) and GroFin,...
                11 December 2018

                UNCTAD – The Netherlands tops global online shopping rankings for first time

                  UNCTAD's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2018 ranks 151 countries for their readiness and capacity to support online trade.The Netherlands placed top of UNCTAD’s Business-to-Consumer (B2C)...
                  11 December 2018

                  UNCTAD – Mauritius first for online shopping readiness in Africa

                    Island nation ranks 55th globally in UNCTAD's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index which rates countries for their readiness to trade online. Mauritius has been ranked the most...
                    11 December 2018

                    ITU – We can engineer a better future for women in tech: Doreen Bogdan-Martin

                      By Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director-elect of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.I am a woman in tech. I’m also a telecommunication expert, a ham radio operator, career leader in...
                      11 December 2018

                      UNCTAD – Continental free trade area to boost e-commerce in Africa

                        High-level session at UNCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week shows that the continent has the potential to scale e-commerce enterprises - but its new free trade area...
                        11 December 2018

                        UNCTAD – Tear down barriers and African e-commerce will thrive, say CEOs

                          Barriers to domestic and cross-border e-commerce in Africa and how to lower them were thrashed out by business and government leaders on 11 December at...
                          11 December 2018

                          UNCTAD – President of Kenya opens UNCTAD e-commerce event in Nairobi

                            The president of host country Kenya welcomes UNCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week to Nairobi as dignitaries look toward empowering African economies in the digital era.President Uhuru...
                            11 December 2018

                            UNCTAD – Madagascar, Uganda and Zambia set to exploit digital economy opportunities

                              UNCTAD publishes new Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessments of three African countries during Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, Kenya.obile connectivity is fueling e-commerce in Madagascar, Uganda...
                              10 December 2018

                              UNCTAD – Digital Africa must make its mark, Nairobi e-commerce event hears

                                NCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, Kenya, focusses on what must be done to speed up the readiness of African countries to engage in and...
                                10 December 2018

                                EIF in partnership with GTPA : Building skills for the digital economy @ Africa eCommerce Week

                                  The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) is delighted to partner with the EIF Programme on a session focussed on building skills for the digital economy through education,...
                                  10 December 2018

                                  WEF – Half of the world is now officially online, but several thorny new problems now threaten the digital economy

                                    About half of the world's population is now online, the World Economic Forum said in a new report.But the transformation to a digital economy and...
                                    8 December 2018

                                    ITU releases 2018 global and regional ICT estimates

                                      ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), estimates that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global...
                                      7 December 2018

                                      ITU: Women shaping tech – and our world’s future – at TEDxPlaceDesNationsWomen

                                        Ten inspirational leaders in gender equality brought the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading” to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva this week during the TEDxPlaceDesNationsWomen event, where...
                                        7 December 2018

                                        UNCTAD – Consumer protection and digital platforms: Sludge, nudge and other consumer trends

                                          When online purchases go well, everyone – enterprise and end-user – is happy.But when they go wrong, what can you do and who can help?Protecting...
                                          7 December 2018

                                          ITC – Strengthening women-owned businesses in Central America – online market potential

                                            The International Trade Centre (ITC) recently launched the project: ‘Central America: Linking women business enterprises (WBEs) with the global gifts and home decoration market’, which...
                                            7 December 2018

                                            New ITU statistics show more than half the world is now using the Internet

                                              New ITU estimates show that the world has reached an important milestone for connecting people to the benefits of today’s digital economy: More than half...
                                              7 December 2018

                                              ITC – Rwandan businesses eye e-commerce success

                                                The ITC has launched a project to help Rwandan MSMEs connect to international markets and sell online.Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Rwanda are...
                                                7 December 2018

                                                ITC @ Africa eCommerce week Exploring digital innovation and new opportunities for eCommerce in African

                                                  The International Trade Centre (ITC) will this week join the first Africa eCommerce Week, which is being organized in in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10-14 December. Under...
                                                  6 December 2018

                                                  Bahrain enacts the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records

                                                    The MLETR gives legal recognition to the use of electronically transferable records that are functionally equivalent to transferable documents and instruments such as bills of...
                                                    5 December 2018

                                                    UNCTAD – Africa eCommerce Dialogue: Masoko – Our dream for powering Africa’s e-commerce

                                                      The “digital era” is powered by different factors and actors in which telcos, banks, media, and technology companies are playing different but interdependent roles. Internet...
                                                      2 December 2018

                                                      ISOC – A Critical First Step for IoT Security in Senegal

                                                      As barriers to entry start to fall, the Internet of Things (IoT) industry could provide Africa with an opportunity to build a brighter economic future....
                                                      2 December 2018

                                                      ITC – Developing new trade opportunities through digital channels

                                                        Working together with small and medium-sized enterprises, the International Trade Centre has produced two online platforms to increase competitiveness in the West African Economic and...
                                                        30 November 2018

                                                        ISOC – 2018 Survey on Policy in Asia-Pacific: We Need to Do Something About IoT Security

                                                        Earlier this year, we asked Internet users across Asia-Pacific just how secure they thought their smart gadgets were. The findings, gathered from 950 respondents in...
                                                        27 November 2018

                                                        UNCTAD – Africa eCommerce Dialogue: Let’s Fix the Basics!

                                                          Written by Evid Araka Sibi, Managing Director, Value Chain Factory, Kenya A smallholder milk farmer in Kenya earns just thirty percent of his milk market...
                                                          27 November 2018

                                                          DiploFoundation – Every first Monday of the month: Update from the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

                                                            The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation Secretariat will host a 'First Monday meeting' on 3 December 2018 at 9:00 EST / 15:00 CET...
                                                            27 November 2018

                                                            New WTO publication analyses potential impact of Blockchain on international trade

                                                            Amid growing interest and debate on Blockchain, the WTO launched a new publication today (27 November) that seeks to demystify the technology and analyse its...
                                                            27 November 2018

                                                            ISOC – Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and IoT Events in November & December

                                                            The end of the year has been very busy, with Internet Society staff members speaking at many events on data protection, security-by-design, and the Internet...
                                                            27 November 2018

                                                            WEF Digital Asean initiative – Push for digital skills among Asean workforce

                                                            A COALITION of major tech companies have pledged to develop digital skills for the Asean workforce. The pledge, part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF)...
                                                            27 November 2018

                                                            ITU’s regional initiatives: Empowering Africa through ICTs

                                                              Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are impacting every area of development in Africa, says Andrew Rugege, the Regional Director of the ITU Regional Office for...
                                                              23 November 2018

                                                              ITU – How the ‘Digital Pakistan’ policy aims to benefit citizens: Ahmed Shamim Pirzada

                                                                Widespread connectivity, combined with the multiplying factor of emerging technologies, will have great power to change the lives of people, says Ahmed Shamim Pirzada, Director...
                                                                23 November 2018

                                                                ISOC – Africa Needs Its Internet Institutions More Than Ever, Especially AFRINIC

                                                                At the recent African IGF in Khartoum, on November 5, participants of the workshop on “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Critical African Internet Institutions” hailed the achievements...
                                                                23 November 2018

                                                                UNCTAD – Africa eCommerce Dialogue: The need for true and fair partnerships in Africa and Europe

                                                                  Written by Andrus Ansip European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market I am looking forward to opening the first ever e-commerce week in Africa,...
                                                                  22 November 2018

                                                                  E-Residency Explained: “What,Why and How?” by the New York Times

                                                                  Anyone can apply for e-Residency online, regardless of citizenship or location. Applicants undergo background checks by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board and, if approved, are...
                                                                  21 November 2018

                                                                  ITU – Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment 2019

                                                                  ITU invites interested authors to submit papers to be considered for the third issue of the publication "Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment". The...
                                                                  21 November 2018

                                                                  Kenya to host e-commerce conference

                                                                  Kenya is set to host an international e-commerce conference next month, indicating confidence in the country’s embrace of the commercial viability of online business. The...
                                                                  21 November 2018

                                                                  ITU – How India is harnessing the power of ICTs for development: Shri V. Raghunandan

                                                                    By ITU News “ICTs do play a role in every aspect of life,” said Shri V. Raghunandan, Deputy Director-General of International Relations at India’s Ministry...
                                                                    20 November 2018

                                                                    WEF – Inside the New Industrial Revolution

                                                                    The mobile internet, automation and AI will have profound implications. Here’s a closer look at how the old and new economies compare. The first three...
                                                                    20 November 2018

                                                                    ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 – 18 main decisions

                                                                      Member States elect new ITU leadership team, approve four-year Strategic and Financial Plan, and provide guidance to the Union on harnessing new technologies as a...
                                                                      20 November 2018

                                                                      DIPLO – WebDebate – Blockchain for development: a critical assessment

                                                                        In the November WebDebate, DiploFoundation looked at blockchain technology. The WebDebate included an introduction to, and overview of, blockchain technology, and a brief exploration of...
                                                                        19 November 2018

                                                                        WIPO – Conference on the Global Digital Content Market – Key highlights

                                                                          While the digital environment has created enormous opportunities for consumers and creators alike, it has also resulted in massive disruptions to existing business models. The...
                                                                          19 November 2018

                                                                          Consumers International, the Internet Society and the Mozilla Foundation launch privacy and security guidelines for Consumer IoT products

                                                                            Today Consumers International, the Internet Society and the Mozilla Foundation have launched a short set of guidelines setting out a minimum set of requirements that...
                                                                            19 November 2018

                                                                            UNCTAD – Africa eCommerce Dialogue: Phygital agriculture: The next step for Africa’s transformation

                                                                              Written by Daniel Annerose, CEO and founder of MANOBI-AFRICA (an African digital orchestration services operator headquartered in Mauritius)   Like most economic sectors, agriculture has entered...
                                                                              15 November 2018

                                                                              UNCTAD – Africa eCommerce Dialogue: African Development in the 21st Century: Ensuring the evolving digital economy brings inclusive growth

                                                                                Writen by Sim Shagaya, Entrepreneur, Founder of Konga.com, Annona and Emotion (Nigeria) It is no longer appropriate to speak about the emergence of the digital...
                                                                                15 November 2018

                                                                                UNCTAD – India’s digital services exports hit $83 million says new survey 1

                                                                                  India, with assistance from UNCTAD, conducts a new-style of trade-in-services survey to show the growing value of digitally enabled exports. As much as $83 billion...
                                                                                  15 November 2018

                                                                                  ITU – Strengthening Somalia’s digital economy: The key role of technology

                                                                                    At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18), Mohammed Ibrahim, the Head of the National ICT & Digital Economy Office (NIDEO) in Somalia, discussed how his organization is...
                                                                                    15 November 2018

                                                                                    GIP – 13th Internet Governance Forum – Final Report

                                                                                      The three-day IGF meeting included a large number of workshops, open forums, dynamic coalition meetings, and other events that gave participants the opportunity to engage in open discussions on...
                                                                                      13 November 2018

                                                                                      Consumers International announces the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019

                                                                                      Consumers International has announced that the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019 will be ‘Trusted Smart Products’. From smartphones to wearable fitness trackers, to voice-activated assistants...
                                                                                      12 November 2018

                                                                                      Unlocking the potential of African e-commerce

                                                                                      November 6, 2018 By Nick Bailey Save Share2 If you talk about logistics long enough it’s practically inevitable that somewhere along the line e-commerce is going...
                                                                                      11 November 2018

                                                                                      ISOC – Making the Case for Community Networks at Africa IGF

                                                                                      Who supplies your Internet? If you live in urban Africa, you probably get Internet access through your mobile phone or through fibre at the office...
                                                                                      9 November 2018

                                                                                      UNCTAD – Africa eCommerce Dialogue: How do we ensure inclusive development from digitalization in Africa?

                                                                                        Written by Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London I feel privileged to have been...
                                                                                        8 November 2018

                                                                                        ITC – “Creating Quality E-commerce Content” new course – registration is open

                                                                                          This course introduces SMEs to the importance of creating quality e-commerce content for their online initiatives, presenting them with useful guidelines for content creation, both...
                                                                                          7 November 2018

                                                                                          World Bank – A new report on Data-Driven Development in the Information and Communications for Development series

                                                                                          The Information and Communications for Development series takes an in-depth look at how digital technologies are affecting economic growth in developing countries. This new report,...
                                                                                          5 November 2018

                                                                                          Digital Technology and Customs discussed at the Global Trade 2018 Conference in London

                                                                                            At the invitation of the Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya spoke at the Global Trade 2018 Conference,...
                                                                                            1 November 2018

                                                                                            WEF – Delivering the Goods: E‑commerce Logistics Transformation

                                                                                            Transport and delivery services are critical for ensuring goods ordered online reach the consumer and are returned when something is not right. This paper presents...
                                                                                            31 October 2018

                                                                                            ITU’s approach to digital inclusion of all

                                                                                              About half the world’s people are connected to the Internet. The other half are not. The majority of the unconnected live in the least developed...
                                                                                              29 October 2018

                                                                                              UNCTAD Dialogue – The pursuit of inclusion: Africa and the new digital economy by Juliet Anammah, CEO Jumia Nigeria

                                                                                              A banker in Ikoyi in Lagos Nigeria and a cleaner at the arrival hall of Kotoka Airport in Accra, Ghana. There seems to be nothing...
                                                                                              23 October 2018

                                                                                              The WCO leads the discussions on a “Customs of the Future” model as part of the comprehensive review of the Revised Kyoto Convention

                                                                                                At their June 2018 sessions, the WCO Policy Commission and Council approved the setting up of a Working Group on the Comprehensive Review of the...
                                                                                                22 October 2018

                                                                                                ITU’s approach to digital inclusion of all

                                                                                                  Overview About half the world’s people are connected to the Internet. The other half are not. The majority of the unconnected live in least developed...
                                                                                                  19 October 2018

                                                                                                  Will new technologies really help developing economies?

                                                                                                    Written by Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University   Optimists and pessimists are...
                                                                                                    18 October 2018

                                                                                                    Making Digital Development Work for Africa

                                                                                                      Written by Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD   We are living in a world of fast-paced digital transformation. The unprecedented speed and scale of change...
                                                                                                      16 October 2018

                                                                                                      ITU – World Standards Day 2018 shines spotlight on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

                                                                                                        Breakthroughs in science and technology are spurring an unprecedented structural transformation of the global economy that has become known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Information and...
                                                                                                        11 October 2018

                                                                                                        Brazilian Post boosts tech investment to respond to e-commerce growth

                                                                                                        The service is ramping up spend in tracking and automation to stave off competition and improve customer service. Brazilian postal service Correios has a multimillion-dollar...
                                                                                                        11 October 2018

                                                                                                        Let’s give girls everywhere the digital skills to achieve big dreams: Malcolm Johnson

                                                                                                          By Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU Today is International Day of the Girl with this year’s theme being, “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”. It is a day...
                                                                                                          10 October 2018

                                                                                                          In Rwanda, Broadband Internet connects rural communities to a bright future

                                                                                                            By ITU News Across the country in Rwanda, broadband Internet is helping connect rural and remote communities to a bright digital future. Through investments in...
                                                                                                            9 October 2018

                                                                                                            ICTSD – IDB: Facilitation 2.0: E-Commerce and Trade in the Digital Age

                                                                                                            With a growing number of transactions available on the internet, the interconnection between regulatory issues creates unprecedented complexities for both transaction subjects and policymakers. Through...
                                                                                                            8 October 2018

                                                                                                            UNCTAD – Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo look hard at e-commerce opportunities

                                                                                                            Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo need far-reaching reforms of their infrastructure and legal systems to benefit from e-commerce, new studies of the West African countries...
                                                                                                            8 October 2018

                                                                                                            Less talk, more action needed on e-commerce, trade forum hears

                                                                                                              Alibaba's Jack Ma, UNCTAD's Mukhisa Kituyi and the World Trade Organization's Roberto Azevêdo say concrete action is needed to ensure poorer people don't miss the...
                                                                                                              5 October 2018

                                                                                                              ISOC – Community Networks 3 September 2018 Community Networks Key to Connecting Africa

                                                                                                              As Internet access continues to grow in Africa, with over 450 million people now connected to the Internet, more than 60 percent of the population...
                                                                                                              5 October 2018

                                                                                                              Consumers International – New Consumer Checklist aims to put consumer interests at the heart of e-commerce trade deals

                                                                                                                Consumers International launched a new proposal for a Consumer Checklist for international e-commerce deals at a working session at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public...
                                                                                                                4 October 2018

                                                                                                                WIPO Assemblies Close, Marked by Robust Growth in Treaty Accessions, Guidance on Future Work

                                                                                                                  The WIPO Assemblies meetings ended with robust growth in countries adhering to the treaties that underpin the global intellectual property (IP) system, signaling the strength of multilateral...
                                                                                                                  4 October 2018

                                                                                                                  World Trade Report 2018 highlights transformative impact of digital technologies on trade

                                                                                                                    The 2018 edition of the WTO’s flagship publication, the World Trade Report, finds that digital technologies — namely the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, 3D...
                                                                                                                    3 October 2018

                                                                                                                    WTO DG Azevêdo calls on international community to ensure nobody is left behind in digital era

                                                                                                                      WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has called on the international community to ensure that the digital revolution underway is fully inclusive and leaves nobody behind. Speaking...
                                                                                                                      28 September 2018

                                                                                                                      GTR – Singapore launches national platform to digitalise trade

                                                                                                                      The Singaporean government has launched a one-stop trade platform to help digitise trade processing for traders, logistics companies, carriers and financiers. Whereas nowadays there can...
                                                                                                                      25 September 2018

                                                                                                                      IMF – Chart of the Week: The Digital Divide in Asia

                                                                                                                      The countries of Southeast Asia are young—more than half of its 643 million people are under 30— and together they live in an economy of...
                                                                                                                      25 September 2018

                                                                                                                      African Development Bank Launches first Africa-to-Africa (A2A) Investment Report

                                                                                                                      Opportunities for investment in Africa outweigh the obstacles, according to a report by leading African companies covered in the African Development Bank’s new Africa-to-Africa (A2A)...
                                                                                                                      25 September 2018

                                                                                                                      Ideanomics and APMEN Trade Tech form joint venture for blockchain port project

                                                                                                                      The US-based technology company, Ideanomics, has formed a joint venture with the Asia-Pacific Model Electronic Port Network (APMEN) Trade Tech Company. Ideanomics will deliver blockchain...
                                                                                                                      25 September 2018

                                                                                                                      WEF – 5 things to know about the future of jobs

                                                                                                                        The future of work is increasingly becoming today’s reality for millions of workers and companies around the world. The findings of our latest Future of Jobs...
                                                                                                                        25 September 2018

                                                                                                                        WIPO Assemblies 2018 Open: Director General Francis Gurry Underlines Positive Results, Calls for Action on New Technologies

                                                                                                                          Rapid technological change is driving demand for intellectual property rights and growth in WIPO’s global intellectual property (IP) systems, while IP is increasingly important in policy making...
                                                                                                                          24 September 2018

                                                                                                                          Regulators adopt best practice guidelines for digital transformation

                                                                                                                            By ITU News The recent ITU Global Symposium for Regulators 2018 (GSR-18), held at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, adopted a new set of best practices to...
                                                                                                                            24 September 2018

                                                                                                                            ITC and DIPLO E-Commerce for SMEs: An Introduction for Policymakers new course

                                                                                                                              In the context of e-commerce’s increasing relevance in international trade, this joint course by ITC and Diplo Foundation is designed to help participants better understand...
                                                                                                                              21 September 2018

                                                                                                                              ITC – SME Competitiveness Outlook 2018: Business Ecosystems for the Digital Age, has been launched in Geneva

                                                                                                                              ITC’s flagship publication, the SME Competitiveness Outlook 2018: Business Ecosystems for the Digital Age, has been launched in Geneva today. Digitalization and the rise of the...
                                                                                                                              21 September 2018

                                                                                                                              UNCTAD – Digital Data Sharing: The Ignored Opportunity for Making Global Maritime Transport Chains More Efficient

                                                                                                                              The economic significance of maritime transport chains Since the beginning of civilization, maritime transport for the exchange of goods has been the backbone of economic...
                                                                                                                              20 September 2018

                                                                                                                              ‘Women Not Speaking at the Same Table as Men’ Means a Widening Digital Gender Gap in Africa

                                                                                                                              By Mercedes Sayagues Marcia Julio Vilanculos brought her baby to the digital literacy training at Ideario innovation hub, Maputo, Mozambique. Women’s caregiving responsibilities must be factored...
                                                                                                                              17 September 2018

                                                                                                                              World Economic Forum on ASEAN Closes with Pledges on Digital Growth, Inclusion

                                                                                                                                · The 27th World Economic Forum on ASEAN came to a close on Thursday, having attracted a record number of participants and heads of state...
                                                                                                                                17 September 2018

                                                                                                                                5 video takeaways from ITU Telecom World 2018

                                                                                                                                  By ITU News ITU Telecom World 2018, taking place this week in Durban, South Africa, brings together government officials, regulators, private company representatives and experts...
                                                                                                                                  16 September 2018

                                                                                                                                  ITU – App security, quantum cryptography, smart cities, 5G investment: Industry leaders highlight priorities

                                                                                                                                    The increasing importance of over-the-top (OTT) services calls for greater application security. The impending arrival of quantum computing demands innovation in cryptography to guard against...
                                                                                                                                    15 September 2018

                                                                                                                                    ITC – Scaling up trade through skills, innovation and connectivity

                                                                                                                                      More than 1,400 delegates gather in Lusaka, Zambia, for the opening of the 2018 World Export Development Forum Lusaka) – The 18th World Export Development...
                                                                                                                                      14 September 2018

                                                                                                                                      ITC – New #ITCbooks: Promoting SME Competitiveness in Africa: Data for de-risking investment

                                                                                                                                        Most investors seek information about local suppliers before making decisions to invest. This report uses ITC data on small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) competitiveness at...
                                                                                                                                        13 September 2018

                                                                                                                                        ICAO Air Cargo Event Underscores Pressing Need For Modernization, Liberalization, And New Efficiencies

                                                                                                                                          By Uniting Aviation On Sep 11, 2018 Air freight volumes will grow at a healthy rate of 4.2 per cent annually through to 2032, but only if current...
                                                                                                                                          12 September 2018

                                                                                                                                          Should connectivity be the new measure of poverty?

                                                                                                                                          By Teresa Welsh // 11 September 2018 A woman uses a solar-powered lamp in India. Photo by: Jarnail Singh / The Climate Group / CC BY-NC-SA WASHINGTON — Rockefeller Foundation President and former USAID Administrator...
                                                                                                                                          12 September 2018

                                                                                                                                          Leveraging the opportunities of the digital economy

                                                                                                                                            By Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU The following was adapted from a speech delivered by Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General, at the 26th Organization for Security and...
                                                                                                                                            11 September 2018

                                                                                                                                            More and more governments now benchmark broadband status in their national plans, says new global report

                                                                                                                                              Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development releases annual country-by-country data on state of broadband access worldwide Geneva, 11 September 2018 ​​​  A new report issued today by...
                                                                                                                                              5 September 2018

                                                                                                                                              ITC – Boosting skills with the SME Trade Academy

                                                                                                                                                Meet Dorothy Maureen Awuor Otieno, a Kenyan entrepreneur taking full advantage of ITC’s online learning platform. by ITC News Dorothy Maureen Awuor Otieno is an...
                                                                                                                                                4 September 2018

                                                                                                                                                ITU – Here’s how young people are leading on #ICT4SDG: a roundup

                                                                                                                                                  By ITU News Here at ITU News, we love learning about stories of young people engaging with information and communication technologies (ICTs) to make a...
                                                                                                                                                  4 September 2018

                                                                                                                                                  ESCAP – Asia-Pacific countries agree on inclusive technology and innovation policies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

                                                                                                                                                    Senior government officials from Asia and the Pacific, along with civil society representatives and the private sector have committed to promote more inclusive technology and...
                                                                                                                                                    4 September 2018

                                                                                                                                                    ITC – Connecting Somali refugees and their Kenyan hosts to online markets

                                                                                                                                                      ITC’s Refugee Employment & Skills Initiative uses trade to create livelihood opportunities by ITC News One of the world’s largest refugee camps is in Dadaab,...
                                                                                                                                                      4 September 2018

                                                                                                                                                      ITC – Digital work opportunities from around the world in Dadaab

                                                                                                                                                        Connecting Somali refugees and Kenyans to global markets for freelance services by ITC News Organize data in a spreadsheet for a startup in San Diego?...
                                                                                                                                                        31 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                        ISOC – It Is a Challenging Time for the Internet: We Must Not Let It Be Undermined

                                                                                                                                                        On 1 September I start work as CEO of the Internet Society. I have a lot to do to live up to the example set...
                                                                                                                                                        27 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                        G20 Argentina – Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration

                                                                                                                                                          The G20 confirms the importance of the digital economy for global development The joint declaration issued after the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Salta...
                                                                                                                                                          27 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                          UN – Investing in Africa is sound business and a sustainable corporate strategy

                                                                                                                                                            The best time to invest in Africa is now. However, foreign investors have not moved into the continent as quickly as expected because foreign investment...
                                                                                                                                                            24 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                            WEF – We don’t have enough data to draw conclusions about the digital divide

                                                                                                                                                              Much has been made of the digital underpinning of many of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals – gender equality, good health, quality education, industry innovation,...
                                                                                                                                                              24 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                              UN – Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

                                                                                                                                                              The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was convened by the UN Secretary-General to advance proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments, the...
                                                                                                                                                              22 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                              G20 – Digital economy officials to discuss inclusive development in Salta

                                                                                                                                                                The G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting starts tomorrow; over 30 heads of delegation are attending. Digital government, digital infrastructure and measuring the digital economy are...
                                                                                                                                                                20 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                Estonian president: We have a generation grown up communicating digitally

                                                                                                                                                                CNBC's Elizabeth Schulze spoke with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid about the country's push into the digital sphere. Watch the Video here        ...
                                                                                                                                                                20 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                UN E-GOVERNMENT SURVEYS: Gearing e-government to support transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies

                                                                                                                                                                The 2018 UN E-Government Survey is published as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advances to its third year. Governments...
                                                                                                                                                                20 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                ISOC – An interview with Kathy Brown – The biggest challenges of the Internet

                                                                                                                                                                Late November, Kathy Brown announced that she would be stepping down as CEO of the Internet Society. While preparing for her next chapter, she reflected on...
                                                                                                                                                                20 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                E-commerce Trade Taxation and WTO Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions

                                                                                                                                                                The basic WTO document for electronic transmissions, including all sorts of transmissions such as video and software, is the WTO Declaration on "Global Electronic Commerce"....
                                                                                                                                                                17 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                Investissements – L'”iGuide” pour attirer à l’international

                                                                                                                                                                Madagascar entre dans le site web dynamique de la CNUCED (www.theiguides.org) afin d'accroitre son image. Le site a été lancé officiellement hier.   Article original: L'express...
                                                                                                                                                                17 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                Digital trade reforms set to earn Comesa $17.5b

                                                                                                                                                                Uganda, among other Common Market for Eastern and Southern African (Comesa) member states, can earn more revenue if only she fast-tracked trading electronically. If all...
                                                                                                                                                                17 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Snapshot Report of the Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2018)

                                                                                                                                                                The (CBS-2018) was held from 19-20 June in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic​​​​​​​ In this report you will learn about​​:​​​​​​​​​ How emerging ICT trends have...
                                                                                                                                                                16 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                WIPO – Patent Cooperation Treaty Yearly Review – 2018

                                                                                                                                                                This report provides comprehensive facts, figures, and analysis of the international patent system. Special theme: Applicant representatives named in PCT applications Managing a patent application –...
                                                                                                                                                                15 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                Kenya among top four countries in e-trade facilitation within COMESA

                                                                                                                                                                NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Kenya is among the top scorers in digital trade facilitation reforms that involve the use of paperless trade facilitation measures....
                                                                                                                                                                13 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                Enabling youth to power the digital economy

                                                                                                                                                                Hundreds descended upon Wits to hear the legendary Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, address entrepreneurs, students and policy makers. Wits University was selected...
                                                                                                                                                                10 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                UNCTAD – “Let’s make Africa a digital Africa,” Jack Ma tells entrepreneurs

                                                                                                                                                                Jack Ma in South africa From Madagascar to Liberia, Africa’s “digital lions” are preparing to roar, speakers said at an event co-organized by UNCTAD, the Alibaba Business School...
                                                                                                                                                                9 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                Alibaba’s Ma Yun launches initiative to help young African entrepreneurs

                                                                                                                                                                Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Chairman Ma Yun launched on Wednesday here the Netpreneur Prize to support exemplary African business leaders. The prize was presented at...
                                                                                                                                                                8 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Tech for Youth – 5 ways the World Summit on the Information Society amplifies youth voices

                                                                                                                                                                  By ITU News Young people can play an important role in leveraging information communication technologies (ICTs) to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals...
                                                                                                                                                                  8 August 2018

                                                                                                                                                                  WIPO – Strengthening Africa’s audiovisual sector: market intelligence is critical

                                                                                                                                                                    The cinema and audiovisual industries play a significant role in the promotion and preservation of cultural heritage. These industries also provide employment, promote innovation and...
                                                                                                                                                                    31 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                    WIPO – GII 2018: Which of the World’s Economies Are Innovating Efficiently?

                                                                                                                                                                      Why do some economies innovate more efficiently than others – translating their innovation investments into important outputs with greater value for money? While the Global Innovation...
                                                                                                                                                                      30 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                      A Digital Agenda for the Pacific Alliance : tangible and concrete top priorities

                                                                                                                                                                        A Proposal for Next Steps and Priorities The purpose of this report is to unpack the Digital Agenda of the Pacific Alliance (“PA”) in tangible...
                                                                                                                                                                        30 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                        South Africa: ITU Telecom World 2018’s stage for smart digital development

                                                                                                                                                                        By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General There’s no doubting the importance of connectivity in driving social and economic development throughout the world, in emerging and developed...
                                                                                                                                                                        27 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                        Internet Society – Future Thinking: what3words on IP Addresses for the “Real” World

                                                                                                                                                                        Last year, the Internet Society unveiled the 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The interactive report identifies the drivers affecting tomorrow’s Internet...
                                                                                                                                                                        25 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                        UNCITRAL – Paraguay ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts

                                                                                                                                                                        VIENNA, 25 July (UN Information Service) - With its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (the...
                                                                                                                                                                        13 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                        WCO publishes global standards on e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                          Today, the WCO published the Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce as adopted at the end of June 2018 by the Council, the Organization's highest decision-making body, together with...
                                                                                                                                                                          11 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                          UPU – Digital transformation and diversification of postal services highlighted at UPU Tunisia meeting

                                                                                                                                                                            UPU Tunisia meeting brought together almost all the representatives of Posts, regulators, and ministries, from 15 countries across the Arab region to explore how postal...
                                                                                                                                                                            10 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                            WIPO – Global Innovation Index 2018: China Cracks Top 20.

                                                                                                                                                                              Top Rankings: Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Singapore, U.S. China broke into the world's top 20 most-innovative economies as Switzerland retained its number-one spot in the Global...
                                                                                                                                                                              10 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD – A fairer economy requires protection as much as inclusion

                                                                                                                                                                              Better access to formal financial services thanks to digital technologies has improved lives but brought new risks, such as over-indebtedness. Better consumer protection is needed....
                                                                                                                                                                              5 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              UNECE – Public Review: Blockchain whitepaper

                                                                                                                                                                              UNECE announces a 60-day public review of the Whitepaper on technical applications of Blockchain to UN/CEFACT deliverables. The Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the...
                                                                                                                                                                              3 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Society – Future Thinking: Roxanne Varza on the Internet Economy

                                                                                                                                                                              In April 2018, we interviewed two stakeholders –Biddemu Bazil Mwotta, who introduced an agribusiness app, and Roxanne Varza, the director of  a startup incubator  –...
                                                                                                                                                                              3 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              The World Bank – Technology works for getting poor people’s problems fixed – we just have to get it right

                                                                                                                                                                              One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of...
                                                                                                                                                                              2 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              Government of Estonia – President Kersti Kaljulaid calls for ‘e-Residency 2.0′

                                                                                                                                                                              The President has initiated a national effort to improve what Estonia can offer the world through e-Residency. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid hosted a round-table discussion...
                                                                                                                                                                              2 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              COMESA – Drawing regional attention to digital economic integration

                                                                                                                                                                              The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is rallying its member states towards full adoption of digital technologies to tackle the developmental disparities...
                                                                                                                                                                              2 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Society names Andrew Sullivan as New President & CEO

                                                                                                                                                                                In advance of its 2018 Annual General Meeting, the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees announced today that it has selected Andrew Sullivan as the organization’s new President...
                                                                                                                                                                                2 July 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                WCO – Outcomes of the 2018 Council Session

                                                                                                                                                                                  Among the important tools discussed and adopted by the Council was the Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce which undertakes to assist WCO Members in...
                                                                                                                                                                                  29 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                  UNESCAP – ADB: Pakistan’s per capita e-commerce spending amongst lowest in Asia Pacific

                                                                                                                                                                                  The report  "Embracing the E-commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific" jointly prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Communication for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP)...
                                                                                                                                                                                  26 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                  5 principles to guide a ‘New Digital Deal’: Telefónica

                                                                                                                                                                                    By Guy Daniels, TelecomTV Telefónica calls for a New Digital Deal More public-private cooperation to guarantee digital inclusion Adapting social and economic policies to digital...
                                                                                                                                                                                    26 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                    Inside the Information Society: Does Europe’s GDPR change privacy and data protection?

                                                                                                                                                                                    By David Souter | London , 18 June 2018 In May, Internet users in Europe were flooded by emails from organisations telling them of changes in their data protection arrangements...
                                                                                                                                                                                    22 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                    Empowering refugees and internally displaced persons through digital identity

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oria Adamo, 72 years old and the mayor of a small town in Central African Republic shows his ID card in the village of Ndu,...
                                                                                                                                                                                      22 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                      EuroDIG 2018 Gathers the Internet Community: What’s New

                                                                                                                                                                                        By Maarit Palovirta  Senior Manager, Regional Affairs Europe The 12th edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance or the EuroDIG, as it is commonly known, took place in...
                                                                                                                                                                                        21 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                        How blockchain-based remittance services can boost financial inclusion

                                                                                                                                                                                        By Alan Safahi, CEO, ZED Network The turn of the century marked a period of rapid migration: the total number of international migrants has increased...
                                                                                                                                                                                        20 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                        Developing skills for t​he digital economy and society

                                                                                                                                                                                          As the Dominican Republic prepared to host this week’s Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capacity Building Symposium (CBS), Licelotte Baiges, Head of Communications at the Dominican Institute...
                                                                                                                                                                                          19 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                          Trade negotiations: next frontier for artificial intelligence

                                                                                                                                                                                            UNCTAD joins the International Chamber of Commerce Brazil to level the playing field in trade negotiations with the help of artificial intelligence With international trade...
                                                                                                                                                                                            18 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                            LDC Global Forum panel discusses what the Trade Facilitation Agreement means for LDCs

                                                                                                                                                                                              On 13-14 June, representatives from 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) convened at the WTO to attend the first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs. The...
                                                                                                                                                                                              13 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                              How African economies will benefit from the Continental Free Trade Area (video)

                                                                                                                                                                                                The African Continental Free Trade Area is expected to grow intra Africa trade to 52 per cent by 2024. Watch this video for more information!...
                                                                                                                                                                                                11 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                2018 Global Internet Report – Take our survey on the Future of the Internet

                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Constance Bommelaer de LeusseSenior Director, Global Internet Policy and International Organizations & Carl Gahnberg Policy Advisor Last year, the Internet Society published a comprehensive study to better...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNECE trade facilitation success story for Odessa ports inspires broader use of international standards in Ukraine

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Port Community System (PCS) in Odessa, Ukraine, is a success story for trade facilitation. The PCS system, launched after UNECE capacity-building seminars in Kiev...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Conserving the ‘blue economy’ with ocean science and new technologies

                                                                                                                                                                                                      By the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO The ocean represents the largest ecosystem on our planet, and it performs a number of key functions...
                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Consumers International launches the Digital Index

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Consumers International is excited to announce the launch of the Digital Index, a new online resource that presents a collection of digital policies from different countries that...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        7 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                        5 technologies that will forever change global trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ziyang Fan Project Head, Digital Trade and Data Flows, World Economic Forum LLC Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle Head of Policy, International Trade and Investment, Global Leadership Fellow, World...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                        5 ways technologies are helping beat plastic pollution

                                                                                                                                                                                                          On World Environment Day, consider these facts on plastic pollution from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Each year, around 13 million tonnes of plastic end up...
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 June 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Look Who Is Riding the Blockchain Hype Train

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A blockchain is basically a special kind of database. They are inherently inefficient compared to a traditional database, but that is viewed as a sacrifice to gain...
                                                                                                                                                                                                          31 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Europe’s Data Privacy Rules Set New Global Approach to Consumer Rights

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arguably the biggest change to the regulatory landscape to influence the digital economy – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – took effect in the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            31 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Inside the Information Society – Innovation and development

                                                                                                                                                                                                            By David Souter , Managing Director, ict Development Associates Inside the Information Society: Innovation and development Complexity lies at the heart of the challenges that...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            31 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trade Logistics in a Digital World

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crossborder Distribution is a Difficult Barrier to be Overcome by Online Sellers The global B2C crossborder ecommerce market is expected to increase in size to $1 trillion...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            30 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Half the world’s population is still offline. Here’s why that matters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Eric White and Oren Pinsky, World Economic Forum Last month scientists at Tufts University announced that they had created a sensor that can be...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            30 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why ICTs are critical for sustainable development

                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Dr William Lehr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are accelerators, amplifiers, and augmenters of change. They make it...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Curtain falls on successful 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank in Korea

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The 53rd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank drew to a close on Friday, May 25 in Busan, Korea, in an atmosphere of marked all-round satisfaction, especially...
                                                                                                                                                                                                              29 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deal To Harness International Trade Technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brazilian ICC-UNCTAD Partnership Marks Second Phase of the Intelligent Tech and Trade Initiative The Brazilian arm of the International Chamber of Commerce and UNCTAD have signed an...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                28 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The digital transformation of trade logistics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For international trade logistics to fully benefit from the digital transformation, we need global standards, cybersecurity, and an open competitive market, says the Chief of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  25 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Roadmap Zero’ to AI and data commons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As momentum to build new ‘AI for Good’ projects emerges from last week’s AI for Good Global Summit, experts and leaders are recognizing the need to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    25 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UN Secretary-General Calls on All Nations to Support Peaceful, Prosperous Africa, in Message for International Day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for Africa Day, observed on 25 May: In March this year, Africa’s leaders launched the African Continental Free Trade...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      24 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area Gets Underway

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two months after over 40 nations signed a framework agreement for an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signatories are now beginning the ratification process,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        24 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WIPO Translate: Republic of Korea is First to Adopt WIPO’s “Artificial Intelligence” – Powered Patent Translation Tool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Geneva, May 24, 2018 The Republic of Korea is adopting WIPO’s ground-breaking “artificial intelligence”-based translation tool for patent documents, making it the first member state...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          23 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          African Development Bank and UNIDO join forces to accelerate Africa’s industrialization

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, May 21 to step...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            22 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Africa Accelerated: How Digital transformation is accelerating growth on the continent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If there was ever a time to watch progress in Africa, it would be now. As we have seen so many times before, the continent...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ISOC – Innovative Licensing Approaches

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Innovative Licensing Approaches: Enabling Access in Hard-to-Reach Places Through Collaborative Partnerships By Jane Coffin & Konstantinos Komaitis   In the Republic of Georgia, high in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A solar lamp can transform a community, UN commission hears

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A manager of the organization Solar Sister says that affordable, clean energy products can reduce poverty, curb household pollution and empower women in rural areas....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                17 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2018)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Theme 2018:  Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for All   Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for All is the theme of WTISD-18 and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  16 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What’s next for ‘AI for Good’? 4 key transformations on the horizon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dozens of top artificial intelligence (AI) experts from industry, academia, government and civil society are meeting this week for the AI for Good Global Summit at the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mobile Money Transactions Are Now Larger Than Kenya’s GDP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Wayan Vota For years, we’ve heard how the value of M-PESA mobile money transactions are a rising percentage of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product. In 2010 we reported M-PESA...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD: Frontier Technologies Must Benefit All

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By Craig Turp Technological change and innovation need to be directed towards inclusive and sustainable outcomes through a purposeful effort by governments, in collaboration with civil...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We must control our devices, acclaimed scientists tell UN meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A conversation between mathematician Sir Roger Penrose of Oxford University and Swiss chemist Jacques Dubochet spotlights the need for ethics and caution in scientific innovation....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beijing conference: Digital trade is trade of future, great hope for developing nations, says Pak envoy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pakistan has told an international conference in Beijing that digital trade is trade of the future and future of global South. “It can be great...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strengthening women’s leadership roles in e-trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITU News recently had the opportunity to speak with Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), to discuss the key roles of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The next phase of digitisation and automation in liner shipping and ports

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Attitudes towards technology in the maritime sector are in transition and 2018 could be crunch time for many concepts launched in the last few years...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          World Bank Group and Credit Suisse Launch Disruptive Technologies for Development Fund

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2018  The World Bank Group (WBG) today announced the launch of the Disruptive Technologies for Development Fund in partnership with Credit...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Countries in Europe and Central Asia Can Provide Better Opportunities and Services for Citizens by Leveraging Blockchain Technologies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TBILISI – May 8, 2018 – With economic growth in Europe and Central Asia having peaked, following 2.7% growth in 2017 and a projection of 2.3%...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Singapore International Chamber of Commerce launches world’s first blockchain-based e-Certificate of Origin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The SICC platform aims to vastly improve transparency, security and efficiency in authenticating trade documents. On 8 May, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) became the world’s first...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Society, African Union Commission Unveil Guidelines on Personal Data Protection

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Internet Society and the African Union Commission unveiled a new set of Guidelines that highlight how privacy protection and the responsible use of personal...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              East African nations can help empower women economically by harnessing trade policies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New report spotlights gender-sensitive trade policymaking in the East African Community. East African nations can harness their trade policies to help empower women economically in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inside the World Bank’s gamble on ‘digital economies’ in Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Sophie Edwards // 10 May 2018   As the proliferation of technologies risks leaving Africa further behind, the World Bank is betting on “digital economies” as a way for...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Africa’s alternative path to development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Author: Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly,    Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development &  Director - Africa Growth Initiative   Recent projections indicate that several Sub-Saharan African countries will experience robust economic...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UN Broadband Commission meets in Rwanda to tackle digital divide

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By ITU News Broadband connectivity brings great promise to the world’s poor and underserved populations — as it allows wide access to services in areas...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Commission on Science and Technology for Development, twenty-first session

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Commission will address two priority themes: The role of science, technology and innovation in increasing substantially the share of renewable energy by 2030 Building digital...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UN Broadband Commission advances action towards broadband digital connectivity for all

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Industry, government and UN convene for Spring 2018 meeting of Commission in Rwanda on eve of ‘Transform Africa’ Conference The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Afghan Girl Coders Design Games to Fight Opium and Inequality

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HERAT, AFGHANISTAN  Think Super Mario Bros., but with an Afghan twist. This is how Afghanistan's first generation of female coders explain their abilities as game-makers...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ASEAN Leaders Call for Boosting Connectivity, Resolving RCEP Trade Talks “Expeditiously”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 May 2018 Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Singapore on Saturday 28 April to review the bloc’s goals going...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bénin’s women ICT leaders deliver inspiration on Girls in ICT Day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In the wake of last week’s International Girls in ICT Day, ITU News is placing a spotlight on Bénin, whose government is showing leadership in the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rise Of China’s Big Tech In AI: What Baidu, Alibaba, And Tencent Are Working On

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In part 2 of China in AI, we look at how the biggest companies in China are positioning themselves to become global leaders in smart...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Globalization is close to its ‘holy cow’ moment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why we must rethink our outdated ideas about international trade By RICHARD BALDWIN   Globalization has changed. The globalization we knew and understood for most of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why ICTs are critical for sustainable development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Dr William Lehr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are accelerators, amplifiers, and augmenters of change. They make it...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The global logistics business is going to be transformed by digitisation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This will be bad news for some  THE Munich Maersk, which entered service in June 2017, is a testament to the technological marriage of information and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              E-commerce as Game Changer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kenneth Ugbechie highlights the immense contributions of e-commerce to Nigeria’s economic growth and diversification Make no mistake about it, Africa e-commerce market is growing. It...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Four ways governments can ensure tech boosts development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By Dr George Barker, London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK; and Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. In October 2017, the ITU published ICT-centric economic growth,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              International Girls in ICT Day reaches girls across the globe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Across every corner of the globe, events are underway to celebrate ITU’s International Girls in ICT Day. Girls in Belgium are creating their own apps. Students...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                27 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNECE highlights cohesive approach including trade facilitation for the digital economy revolution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNECE is actively supporting the trading community to gain the maximum benefits from the e-trade revolution. Through its participation in the UNCTAD e-Commerce week 2018...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  27 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Disruptive trade technologies will usher in the ‘internet of rules’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trade policy 3.0, with algorithmic law and automation friendly legislation, will help more firms trade, writes Craig Atkinson Businesses, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  27 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  These 11 questions will help you decide if blockchain is right for your business

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of the most unique aspects of blockchain is its high number of evangelists – people who believe blockchain can solve everything from global financial...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  27 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regulatory Forum discusses future of e-commerce after “Click, Pay, Pray” era

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Special event held within the Council of Administration (CA) draws postal regulators from across the world to consider future changes to the universal postal service...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    26 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD’s eTrade for all celebrates first year with a bang

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since going online in April 2017, the initiative has seen its list of partners grow to 29 and continues to accompany developing countries on their...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      26 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Online platforms: the European Commission sets new standards on transparency and fairness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brussels, 26 April 2018 Today, the European Commission is proposing new rules for the online platforms providing small businesses with a safety net in the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        26 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        World Intellectual Property Day 2018 Celebrates Women’s Accomplishments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          New WIPO Figures Show Highest-Ever Rate of Women Inventors, but Gender Gap Persists Geneva, April 26, 2018 The fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry show...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Experts call for global data sharing to defend against AI-driven cyberattacks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By Mark Anderson If they haven’t done so already, cyber attackers may soon be arming themselves with artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) strategies and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          24 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          E-commerce stakeholders talk addressing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some 150 representatives from Posts, international organizations and the private sector gathered at the UPU Global Addressing Forum April 19 to discuss addressing innovations toward...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            24 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AI can help to bridge the digital divide and create an inclusive society

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By Uyi Stewart, Director of Strategy, Data & Analytics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Globally, there are large disparities in access to health, education, etc....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCITRAL E-Commerce Law 2.0: Blockchain and Smart Contracts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Guest Post by Irene Ng Irene Ng is a Fellow at the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Vienna....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              23 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Making the case for consumer confidence in e-commerce at UNCTAD E-commerce week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Consumers International had a busy few days in Geneva at UNCTAD’s annual e-commerce week representing consumers on panels as diverse as business engagement, cross-border e-commerce...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                World Bank Group Shareholders Endorse Transformative Capital Package

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Overwhelming support for $13 billion Increase in Paid-in Capital to IBRD, IFC; Rebalanced Shareholding; Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness WASHINGTON, April 21, 2018—The World Bank Group’s shareholders...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Data, the Sharing Economy and Canadian Federal Regulation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  APRIL 18, 2018 | BY KATHERINE REILLY Theory tells us that data is central to digital platform capitalism, so there is growing interest in creating policies that...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Digital identity programs: what could go wrong? Our contribution at UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By WAFA BEN-HASSINE- 19 april 2018 On Monday, Access Now participated in a panel on digital identity programs and data protection, hosted by the United Nations Conference on...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Facilitation 2.0: Enabling trade in the digital age

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz,   Chief Executive Officer, ICTSD The expansion of the trade facilitation agenda, expressed as Facilitation 2.0, is critical in a time of global...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Egypt offers example of how developing countries can plan for e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By developing a national strategy with UNCTAD expertise and private sector support, Egypt’s government plans to harness online opportunities. Famed for its ancient souks and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    20 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Digi-tech provides fertile ground for developing nations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel says Europe is dedicated to helping Africa build a single digital market, paving the way to better jobs on the continent......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sustainable Development Financing Report Pulls Alarm on Short-Termism

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STORY HIGHLIGHTS > The annual IATF report sets the tone for the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF),...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WTO Members Submit Proposals Aimed at Advancing Exploratory E-Commerce Work

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over the past few weeks, a host of submissions have been put forward by WTO members as part of exploratory work to support future talks...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Governments can’t resist the digital revolution. This is what they need to do instead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Rwanda, digitally-monitored drones deliver blood supplies to hospitals. In Estonia, it takes five minutes to file taxes and 99 percent of government services are...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Qatar’s E-commerce Guidelines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saturday, April 14, 2018 Today, e-commerce has become more of a business imperative than ever before as consumer awareness and expectations evolve. The proliferation of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trust as vital for e-commerce as internet connection, UN meeting hears

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Digital economy could face rougher waters unless trust is restored in online platforms, Consumers International head Amanda Long tells E-Commerce Week. Electronic commerce has been...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Digital skills, not connectivity, drive women’s empowerment, experts say

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Speakers at E-commerce Week’s ministerial roundtable say that without the right digital skills in hand, getting women and girls online would have limited impact on...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            19 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Regulation must steer not stifle innovation, UN e-commerce event hears

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Governments must strike the right balance between pushing innovation in the digital economy and regulating a sector which has lost people's trust The internet is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Digital technologies provide fertile ground for Africa, EU says

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel says Europe is dedicated to helping Africa build a single digital market, so that e-commerce can pave the way to better...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                18 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Four ways to improve digital entrepreneurship in developing countries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  E-Commerce Week 2018 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland is exploring the “Development Dimensions of Digital Platforms” and the growing role of digital technologies...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  18 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Day 2 of the UNCTAD eCommerce week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This week the Geneva Internet Platform is reporting from digital policy sessions held at the UNCTAD E-commerce Week in Geneva. Catch up with the discussions,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eTrade for all – Year in Review 2017-2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Discover the new eTrade for all Year in Review 2017-2018. eTrade for all is pleased to introduce its first Year in Review 2017-2018. The report...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WTO – Strong trade growth in 2018 rests on policy choices

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        World merchandise trade growth is expected to remain strong in 2018 and 2019 after posting its largest increase in six years in 2017, but continued...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Global action is needed now to align digitalization and development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Written by Shamika N. Sirimanne Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD   With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg under pressure by the US Congress...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          16 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD assessments help three more countries get e-trade ready

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Liberia are the most recent least developed countries to call on UNCTAD's help to make the most of e-commerce....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            16 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just-in-time reporting from the UNCTAD e-commerce week!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today marks the start of the UNCTAD E-Commerce Week 2018, a week-long event that brings together stakeholders to discuss development opportunities and challenges associated with...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AFD’s commitments top the EUR 10BN mark in 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group, presented on this 12 April 2018 the key figures for the public institution’s...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Governments can fight corruption by joining the digital payment revolution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11 Apr 2018 Tidhar Wald - Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Better than Cash Alliance, United Nations When the shift to digital payments is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Confronting the macroeconomic challenges of the fourth industrial revolution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The business implications are already clear, but the macroeconomic aspect is overlooked, writes Lutfey Siddiqi “The fourth industrial revolution – isn’t that an IT thing? We...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IMF Executive Board Discusses Measuring the Digital Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  April 5, 2018 On March 28, 2018, the IMF Executive Board discussed the staff paper on Measuring the Digital Economy. The paper assesses the current...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How to foster digital transformation to support SMEs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary General, WITSA Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in creating jobs and promoting economic growth, especially...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mobile ecosystem to be worth more than $50 billion to West Africa Economy by 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Study Points to Strong Subscriber and Mobile Broadband Growth in West Africa Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: The mobile industry in West Africa is forecast to contribute...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD : Digitalization and Trade: An holistic policy approach is needed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The world is at the dawn of the next technological revolution, bearing transformational implications for all. Digitalization will create opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses, and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UN/CEFACT to help smaller businesses access international trade through new digital platforms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Going beyond a national economy to access new markets is a challenge for any company. It requires time and investment as well as a good...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNESCAP: Implementing digital trade facilitation could cut trade costs in Asia-Pacific by $673 billion annually

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          According to the Digital Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific report launched today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNESCO promotes Internet Universality indicators to advance SDGs at WSIS Forum 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Panelists shared their feedback on the first Internet universality indicators.© UNESCO   Building on the vibrant consultation that UNESCO conducted on defining the Internet Universality...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bridging distance for development: Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO 15 February 2018 By Hanne Melin Internet-enabled commerce has the potential to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 April 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It’s time to base the digital economy on public v private ownership of data

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            After the Facebook scandal it’s time to base the digital economy on public v private ownership of data. The data-mining scandal offers a unique chance...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Africa and e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you live in the Europe or the United States, you're probably used to buying and selling things on your mobile device. Many take the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UNCTAD : The role of transport and logistics in promoting e-commerce in developing countries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Written by: Luisa Rodriguez Article No. 17 E-commerce can be a catalyst for private sector development, increased trading opportunities and development gains. However, poor logistics...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              28 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Risks and benefits of data-driven economics in focus at UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Under the theme “Development Dimensions of Digital Platforms”, UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week 2018 will explore the growing role of digital platforms and concrete steps to harnessing...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WSIS 2018- Outcomes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2018 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The annual WSIS Forum is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  26 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCTAD- Digital economy data gap risks widening inequalities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    According to UNCTAD, those least prepared for the digital economy have less data on which to base policy decisions, threatening to widen the gap between...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    26 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Internet Society – Businesses Must Do Better When It Comes To People’s Data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry just isn’t Enough. Businesses Must Do Better When It Comes To People’s Data. The Internet Society is disappointed, but not surprised, at the news...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      23 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Internet Society – How Do We Connect Everyone to the Internet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By Dan York, Director, Content and Web Strategy, Internet Society How do we connect everyone, everywhere, to the Internet? What role do “community networks” play in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      22 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ICTSD – African Leaders Launch Continental Free Trade Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        African leaders gathered at an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday 21 March to launch the African Continental Free...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        22 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD – For a digital economy that leaves no one disconnected

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Written by  Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD The ultimate outcome of the technological revolution is uncertain, but it is up to us, policymakers at...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        21 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blockchain tech to link up local farmers and foreign buyers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        By Sok Chan / Khmer Times Oxfam Cambodia and Amru Rice will launch next month a pilot programme based on blockchain and smart contract technology...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        21 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITU – 3 ways to use ICTs to engage youth and reach the SDGs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By ITU News How to leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to engage young people and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          19 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          World Bank Group Statement on Open Trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WASHINGTON, March 17, 2018 -- The World Bank Group today issued the following statement on open trade: "One billion people have moved out of poverty through...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            19 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rwanda : African Union Summit- Heads of State begin to arrive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Collins Mwai African Heads of State and Government as well other African leaders are expected to start arriving in the country today ahead of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            19 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DIPLO/GIP – WSIS forum 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today marks the start of the WSIS Forum 2018, a week-long event that brings together stakeholders to discuss sustainable development, the role of digital technologies,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WEF on Latin America – E-Commerce: Expanding Trade Horizons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                During the recent meeting of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, which was held in Sao Paulo, on 13-15 March, a special session was...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                US Customs plans a new e-commerce strategy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, has woken up to the same issue that many...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  16 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNECA – AfCFTA: an opportunity to boost Africa’s economic transformation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kigali, Rwanda, 14 March 2018 (ECA) - The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) offers a unique opportunity to promote intra-African trade. The United Nations Economic...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITC – Unblocking cross-border trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Facilitating international movement of goods via blockchain could become a reality for developing countries by VICTORIA TUOMISTO, Associate Expert, and MOHAMMED SAEED, Senior Trade Facilitation...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The future of infrastructure connectivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Conversations on connectivity, part 2: The future of infrastructure connectivity In between the plenary panels and roundtable discussions at the first GICA annual meeting held in Paris this...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and Doing Business reforms: Are they related and how?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SUBMITTED BY INÉS ZABALBEITA MÚGICA ON MON, 03/12/2018 CO-AUTHORS: MARILYNE YOUBI, CÉCILE FERRO   Small differences in the time and cost to trade can determine whether or not a...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Madagascar calls on UNCTAD to assess its e-commerce readiness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking to boost electronic commerce on the "Big Island", the government has asked UNCTAD to help evaluate the opportunities and obstacles for online business in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        15 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITC – Making Aid for Trade work for women

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Studies show benefits of a more inclusive economic model by ANOUSH DERBOGHOSSIAN, Gender Focal Point, World Trade Organization Let us go back 12 years, to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          14 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ICTSD- Talking E-Commerce with Alioune Sarr, Senegal’s Trade Minister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bridges Africa met with Alioune Sarr, the Senegalese Minister for Trade, Consumer Affairs, the Informal Sector, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, to discuss e-commerce and related...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            13 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Estonia opens e-Residency for Indian startups, provides easy access to EU market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Indian startups can now Make in India and sell in Europe. The programme aims to enroll over 200 Indian startups this year. A panoramic view of Tallinn...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Five Examples of United Nations Agencies Using Blockchain Technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Wayan Vota on March 8, 2018 Blockchain technologies have the potential to help the international community reduce transaction costs, lower the risk of fraud, control financial risks...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The World Bank – Using Big Data and the Internet of Things to Help End Poverty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Jim Kim , President at The World Bank Most of us have been bombarded by fantastical visions of the future – where we no longer...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UPU – Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance Facility

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While some 91 percent of postal outlets worldwide already offer some form of financial services, there is still work to do when it comes to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Development Implications of Digital Economies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Digital Economy Policy in Developing Countries By RUMANA BUKHT & RICHARD HEEKS Digital economies in the global South are undershooting their potential.  A new paper...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uganda advised to consider e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In Summary Government policies have to be geared towards creating broadband access for both fixed and mobile communication to enable the Ugandan businesses be seen...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can the digital revolution transform agriculture?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By:  Heinz Strubenhoff - Senior Private Sector Specialist - World Bank &   Roy Parizat - Senior Economist - The World Bank   The world talks a lot about the digital...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ASEAN to promote cross-border e-commerce with new framework

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NIKKEI ASEAN REVIEW Digital economy a key theme for the region, but challenges remain KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer SINGAPORE -- Countries in Southeast Asia...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNECA & UNCTAD- The Republic of Malawi Launches Its Electronic Investment Guide

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lilongwe — The Malawi iGuide, an electronic investment platform, was developed by the Malawi Investment Trade Center (MICT) assisted by the ECA and UNCTAD acting...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Bank – Demystifying technologies for digital identification

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With more than 1.1 billion individuals without official proof of identity, a myriad of technologies is advancing at a faster speed than ever before and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 March 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UN Women – Using blockchain technology to empower women

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From where I stand: Using blockchain technology to empower women Olivier Mukuta, a social innovator who grew up in a refugee camp is working to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ASEAN Rides the E-commerce Wave

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With the emergence of the digital economy driving economic growth and creating new business opportunities around the world, how can the ASEAN nations catch this...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Bank Group & GSMA – a new Partnership to Leverage IoT Big Data for Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BARCELONA, February 26, 2018 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced today that the institution would partner with the GSMA and mobile network operators...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      27 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WTO / EIF – News portal for LDCs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A new portal has been launched by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to provide a platform for the exchange of news, information and experiences on...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        27 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNECE – Standards on digitalization to enhance efficiency in international transportation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          International standards and harmonized processes can boost trade by enabling countries and companies to cut costs and reduce bureaucracy. The digitalization of these standards brings...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          23 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITC – Helping small businesses tap into the Chinese e-commerce market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How to reach Chinese e-consumers: A practical guide for small businesses This report helps small businesses tap into the Chinese e-commerce market, which is the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            16 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WEF & ICTSD – Bridging distance for development: Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Internet-enabled commerce has the potential to reduce inequalities between and within countries, offering a tool for achieving the United Nations’ 10th Sustainable Development Goal. Today,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WIPO – Experts Discuss Future of IP in Light of Rapid Technological Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On February 1 and 2, 2018 an international conference entitled “Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order” took place at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Women and girls in ITC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  International Day of Women and Girls in Science: ITU joined its UN sister organizations and over 55 partners in the EQUALS global network on Sunday to celebrate International Day of Women...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WB – Internet of Things : The New Government-to-Business Platform

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The buzz around Internet of Things (IoT) has gathered momentum but the IoT phenomenon is poorly understood by governments and businesses. Governments are under pressure...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WCO – First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference takes off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference, jointly organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and China Customs, was launched in Beijing, China today, 9 February...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IDB – ICTSD – Multilateralising Telecoms: A Step-Change in Need of a Step?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the rapidly developing digital economy, where user-generated content is on the rise, and end-users are no longer just consuming content, but also developing, uploading,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EU – Parliament votes to end barriers to cross-border online shopping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Buyers will be able to shop online in the EU without being blocked or automatically re-routed Traders will have to treat cross-border shoppers in the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WWW Foundation – It’s time for the G20’s first digital agenda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The G20 member states account for 85 percent of the global economy and are home to half of the world’s internet users. From artificial intelligence to personal data...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IDB – calls for proposals for digital solutions for tax administration

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) invites organizations, governments and individuals to participate in the call for proposals about digital tools in open code aimed at...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITC to boost digital skills of Jordanian youth, Syrian refugees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Training in e-commerce and online tools to help increase economic resilience in Jordan. Amman-Geneva)  The International Trade Centre (ITC) announced a new project to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            African E-Commerce Giant Responds To Demand, Expands Into 11 New Markets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            E-commerce platform MallforAfrica has continued with its aggressive African expansion plan by entering 11 new markets in response to demand for the company’s patented platform. The desktop...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Internet Society – It’s Time for a Collaborative G20 Digital Agenda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The G20 member states account for 85 percent of the global economy and are home to half of the world’s Internet users. From artificial intelligence to personal data...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WIPO – World IP Day 2018 unveiled theme: Powering change – Women in innovation and creativity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2018 theme:  Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                29 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WEF – The Inclusive Development Index 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  29 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WEF Annual Meeting – What just happened? The biggest stories from Davos 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's it for another year. With over 400 sessions on the official programme (160 of which were broadcast live on our website), it can be...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Digital Technology and Trade for Global Growth – A conversation with Mukhisa Kituyi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      #SDGLive brings conversations from the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting to a global digital audience focused on solving the world's most complex challenges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlVqbdboAXI&feature=youtu.be Learn...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      26 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DMPT reaffirms the importance of data for securing and facilitating the cross-border e-business environment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday 26 January, International Customs Day, the WCO would launch its Theme for 2018: “A secure business environment for economic development”. He emphasized that the modern...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        25 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2018 reform of EU data protection rules

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stronger rules on data protection mean people have more control over their personal data and businesses benefit from a level playing field. As of May...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ICT – COMESA’s online market will reduce cross-border trade barriers – officials

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has stepped up efforts to promote cross-border trade by embracing e-commerce to be able to “minimise physical...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            25 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UN Broadband Commission sets global broadband targets to bring online the world’s 3.8 billion not connected to the Internet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development launches 2025 targets to support “Connecting the Other Half” Davos, 23 January 2018 Fifty per cent of the world's population...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              23 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WEF – Everything you need to know about the World Economic Forum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For most of the year, Davos-Klosters is a quiet Alpine village, but for a week in January, this town hosts some 3,000 leaders from around...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UPU – Easy Export Programme pilot launched in Morocco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The trade facilitation initiative was launched by the UPU and the Moroccan government in Rabat on 18 January with a view to helping more Moroccan...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  22 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WEF – Driving the Sustainability of Production Systems with Fourth Industrial Revolution Innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This white paper serves as a guide for optimizing the benefits of the in production, helping countries and businesses identify ways to transform their production...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    22 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WEF – Why 2018 must be the year for women to thrive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The need for greater respect and opportunities for women is becoming an ever more prominent feature of the public conversation. Longstanding advocates for women’s empowerment...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      19 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ICTSD – Spotlight on Global Economy as Davos Approaches, Trade Ministers to Consider WTO Next Steps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spotlight on Global Economy as Davos Approaches, Trade Ministers to Consider WTO Next Steps A host of officials, including several world leaders, are preparing to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WB – the January 2018 Global Economic Prospects report

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Global Economy to Edge Up to 3.1 percent in 2018 but Future Potential Growth a Concern Current Slack in Global Economy Expected to Fade WASHINGTON,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          18 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ICAO – United Nations General Assembly highlights air transport contributions to Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/United-Nations-General-Assembly-highlights-air-transport-contributions-to-Agenda-2030-Sustainable-Development-Goals.aspx ​Recognizing that increasing investment in transportation infrastructure will be critical to integrating global economies and driving long-term economic growth, the United Nations General Assembly adopted...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            17 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITU – Telenor: reskilling employees for massive digital transformations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Telenor sends its employees back to school. New year, new resolutions. For the CEO of Telenor Group, that means ensuring his employees get up to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AFDB – 2018 African Economic Outlook: African Development Bank makes a compelling case Africa’s industrialization

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has made a compelling case for accelerating Africa’s industrialization in order to create jobs, reduce poverty...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                17 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EIF – COORDINATING ON TRADE IN VANUATU

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On 29 May 2012 Willie Luen was preparing to emcee one of the most important meetings of his life. He remembers that the room —...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  17 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2018 African Economic Outlook: African Development Bank makes a compelling case for Africa’s industrialization

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has made a compelling case for accelerating Africa’s industrialization in order to create jobs, reduce poverty...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AFDB – African Development Bank launches the 2018 Edition of the African Economic Outlook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The African Economic Outlook bridges a critical knowledge gap on the diverse socio-economic realities of African economies through regular, rigorous, and comparative analysis. It provides...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Japan pledges 300 million USD for ICT development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On 8 December 2017, prior to the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), the Japanese Government made a pledge to provide approximately 300 million USD over...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        15 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNECE – UNRCs Global and Regional Reports on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade – 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Global and the five Regional Reports  on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation have been launched at the WTO 11th Ministerial Conference, in December...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          15 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DiploFoundation – 10 predictions for digital politics in 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The year 2018 represents a tipping point for the Internet and its governance. Processes that have been evolving are now starting to mature. Dr Jovan...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            12 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITU – How can telcos transform themselves in 2018?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Telecommunications companies (telcos) face enormous opportunities and challenges in a greatly disrupted industry. ITU - “It’s really crucial to develop cross-border policies that work. With the change happening...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Consumers International – End of a free and open internet? The global implications of repealing US net neutrality

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As the US moves a step closer to calling time on the rules protecting net neutrality, our Digital Advocacy Manager Renate Samson explains why this...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITC – Reshaping the traditional marriage between technology and agriculture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Winner of the 2017 World Export Development Forum’s Investment Challenge sets out how the company is aiming to make a change in Ghana Walking...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ISOC – Future Thinking: Harlem Désir on Freedom of Expression Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    n 2017, the Internet Society unveiled the 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The interactive report identifies the drivers affecting tomorrow’s Internet and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WEF – How to follow Davos 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Intelligent Tech & Trade Initiative – Interview with Dr. Jan Hoffmann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How is digital divide affecting global trade?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UN – Digital revolution holds bright promises for Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turning a digital divide into dividends will require efforts By: Eleni Mourdoukoutas From Africa Renewal: December 2017 - March 2018 Internet penetration is creeping up in Africa,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WCO – Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Harmonized System (HS), a universal language for international trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It forms the basis for Customs tariffs and statistical nomenclatures around the world and is used for around 98% of world trade. he Harmonized System (HS)...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WCO – Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Harmonized System (HS), a universal language for international trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Harmonized System (HS) allows a world of many languages to speak with one. A multipurpose nomenclature for trade, the HS is one of the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNECE – How to cut ‘Red tape’ in global trade?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you ever asked yourself, ‘what does a trader try to achieve when trading globally beyond making a profit?’ To put it simply, traders want...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WEF – 3 ways to make rich Africa work for poor Africans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At the age of 20, I aspired to be president; and at the age of 30, I was appointed to work in the office of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The World Bank – Year in Review: 2017 in 12 Charts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How to sum up 2017? The global economy improved but there were plenty of unsettling and upsetting events and trends. Catastrophic storms and flooding wrecked homes and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 January 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD – Egypt: new e-commerce strategy aims to double online businesses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Egypt launched its new e-commerce strategy in the presence of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi this month during Cairo ICT 2017 – a trade fair for information and...