15 July 2019

Countries advancing towards more digital and sustainable trade, finds UN Regional Commissions global survey

    UN member States are moving towards more seamless and efficient trading environments, within and beyond their national borders. In general, countries across the globe have...
    15 July 2019

    UNCTAD – Smart consumers can set a new course for people and planet

         Consumers are not just passive buyers. Their choices determine the sustainability of economic development.   Consumers hold the key to a sustainable future for...
      12 July 2019

      ISOC /Consumers International: The Internet of Things: Connecting the Dots to Become a Smart Consumer

        According to a recent survey conducted by Consumers International and the Internet Society, 63% of consumers think the way Internet-connected devices collect data is “creepy.” The...
        12 July 2019

        UNIDO: Cyber security: increasingly vital for industry

          With the onward march of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the increasing proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) will bring benefits but also risks. The...
          12 July 2019

          CUTS Completes 10 Years in Geneva

            “The beauty of our work is that we have been able to cross-fertilize among our centres. We practice South-South cooperation, not just preach it.”, said...
            11 July 2019

            ITU launches latest ‘ICT Regulatory Tracker’ to help inform key policy decisions

              Information and communication technologies (ICTs) now underpin nearly every sector of the economy, boosting growth and improving lives at a pace and scale not seen...
              9 July 2019

              How are governments staying safe? ITU releases its third Global Cybersecurity Index

                More than half the world is now online for the first time ever. This is a significant step towards a more inclusive digital economy. But as information...
                8 July 2019

                Fresh from the shelf: eTrade for all Year in Review 2018-2019!

                  If you want to see eTrade for all's work from the past year in one snapshot, read our 'Year in Review' 2018-2019! In this report,...
                  5 July 2019

                  UN ECA’s 2020 Conference of Ministers to focus on industrialisation in the digital era

                    The fifty-third session of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will be held...
                    4 July 2019

                    EIF – Six countries announce USD 13 million to support trade in the world’s poorest countries

                      The governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan and Sweden plan to commit approximately USD 13 million to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to help...
                      4 July 2019

                      WTO- DG Azevêdo: Global cooperation on digital economy vital to unlock trade benefits for women

                        Electronic commerce has great potential to boost the economic empowerment of women but only if the right conditions are in place to unlock these benefits,...
                        2 July 2019

                        Vanuatu becomes the first Pacific country to implement Customs Online Payment

                          Just over a year ago, BRED Bank Management approached Customs to consider using its e-Commerce platform. Despite, e-payments not being a top priority for Customs...
                          2 July 2019

                          UNESCAP – 10 digital solutions for women entrepreneurs win support from United Nations’ FinTech Innovation Fund

                            A crowdfunding platform for women farmers, online marketplaces for women-produced goods and services, and e-wallet enabled lending were among ten of the winning business models...
                            2 July 2019

                            From ‘micro-factories’ to urban farming these innovative firms are shaping the future, meet the World Economic Forum’s 2019 class of Technology Pioneers

                              The World Economic Forum has selected 56 emerging tech firms from around the globe to be its 2019 cohort of Technology Pioneers 25% are female-led...
                              28 June 2019

                              ITC – $1 trillion in annual investment to unlock the development power of small businesses

                                Expanding investment into small and medium-sized enterprises would help deliver inclusive economic growth and the Sustainable Development Goals, together with profits for investors. by ITC...
                                27 June 2019

                                UNCTAD – Lesotho ready to channel its growth to go digital

                                  New report on Lesotho shows how the small, mountainous nation could unlock its digital market to diversify its economy. E-commerce is a way for small...
                                  25 June 2019

                                  EIF/WEF – 4 ways to empower women in the world’s poorest countries

                                    By Deanna Ramsay  Managing Editor, Trade for Development News, Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat, World Trade Organization & Violeta Gonzalez   Head, Partnerships, Outreach and...
                                    23 June 2019

                                    UNIDO – How digital technology can support gender equality in the MENA region

                                      In line with the European Development Days 2019's overarching title ‘Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind’, UNIDO organized a LAB Debate...
                                      20 June 2019

                                      Diaspora holds huge potential to facilitate trade and investment

                                        Written by Arif Zaman, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network and Deputy Centre for Research and Enterprise, Bloomsbury Institute, London, UK     Diaspora entrepreneurs can...
                                        19 June 2019

                                        CUTS- e-commerce negotiations at the WTO: an overview

                                          At the 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires on 13 December 2017, 71 members signed a joint statement announcing their objective of “advancing electronic commerce...
                                          19 June 2019

                                          South Centre – Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce: Proposals in the WTO and Policy Implications for Developing Countries

                                            This policy brief explains the mandate of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on electronic commerce under the work program on e-commerce, which was adopted by...
                                            18 June 2019

                                            ITU – Why digital skills training is so important if we are serious about closing the digital divide

                                              By Susan Teltscher, Head of ITU’s Human Capacity Building Division In 2018, numbers on Internet usage made headlines announcing that more than half the world is...
                                              17 June 2019

                                              Internet Society – Want to Make a Difference in Your Community? Apply for a Beyond the Net Medium or Large Grant

                                                Applications are now open for the 2019 Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants. All Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in good standing are...
                                                17 June 2019

                                                WCO releases new Customs tools to advance gender equality and diversity

                                                  By Johanna Törnström, Assistant Programme Manager, Capacity Building Directorate, WCO Gender equality and diversity has been part of the WCO capacity building agenda since 2013. In...
                                                  14 June 2019

                                                  WIPO- Harnessing the benefits of IP for development

                                                    In May 2019, WIPO hosted an international conference to explore, in practical terms, how developing countries can benefit from the intellectual property (IP) system in a rapidly...
                                                    14 June 2019

                                                    Survey says people don’t trust the Internet, what needs to change?

                                                      More trust in the internet is needed if the digital economy is to become a viable development tool for developing nations Social media companies are...
                                                      13 June 2019

                                                      Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission and African Union Commission welcome the Digital Economy Task Force report

                                                        The EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) unveiled today its final report, a concrete result of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs launched...
                                                        13 June 2019

                                                        WCO Conference on technology kicks off in Baku

                                                          Around 900 delegates from almost 90 countries, representing the public and private sector, academia and international organizations, gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday 12 June...
                                                          12 June 2019

                                                          UN makes ‘declaration of digital interdependence’, with release of tech report

                                                            UN Photo/Mark Garten Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (c), Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group (l) and the UN...
                                                            11 June 2019

                                                            The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) of the European Union

                                                              The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU...
                                                              11 June 2019

                                                              ITU – Introducing ‘AI Commons’: A framework for collaboration to achieve global impact

                                                                Last week’s 3rd annual AI for Good Global Summit once again showcased the growing number of Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects with promise to advance the United Nations...
                                                                6 June 2019

                                                                ITU – Why this year’s Global Symposium for Regulators is more important than ever

                                                                  In the nearly 20 years since I helped set up the very first Global Symposium for Regulators, held in Geneva in the year 2000, the GSR has...
                                                                  4 June 2019

                                                                  UNECLAC – The Digital Revolution Has Revitalized Democracy, but a Governance that Safeguards Citizens’ Interests is Imperative

                                                                    ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, concluded an official visit to Berlin, Germany today upon participating in the Future Affairs 2019 conference, where she addressed the...
                                                                    1 June 2019

                                                                    UPU – Solution spotlight: securing the supply chain with CDS

                                                                      The Customs Declaration System (CDS), a solution developed by the Postal Technology Centre (PTC), is the UPU’s answer to modern communication between Posts and Customs....
                                                                      1 June 2019

                                                                      EQUALS – 019 EQUALS in Tech Award NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN ​- Deadline: 11 June, 2019 – Tell us about the most inspiring work to bridge the gender digital divide

                                                                        EQUALS is a committed partnership of corporate leaders, governments, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions, NGOs and community groups around the world dedicated to promoting gender...
                                                                        24 May 2019

                                                                        UPU – New study shows UPU supports member countries and their Posts in trade facilitation

                                                                          The World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which came into effect in 2017, has defined a new set of principles to make international trade...
                                                                          23 May 2019

                                                                          ITU – AI for Good: What we need to do, together

                                                                            Artificial intelligence (AI) will transform our lives. The question often posed is: will it be for better or for worse? At ITU, we are working...
                                                                            22 May 2019

                                                                            E-Trade For Women: Connecting E-Commerce Women Leaders And Making Their Voices Heard

                                                                            Women in IT, Women in STEM, Women in E-commerce..."If you can see it, you can be it"--role-models, mentors, success stories are being promoted aiming to...
                                                                            22 May 2019

                                                                            Logistics Update Africa: Getting past the hurdles to the last mile

                                                                            While the rest of the world might be focusing on reaching its consumer faster, African ecommerce players must channelize their energies on cracking the last...
                                                                            20 May 2019

                                                                            WB – A Single Digital Market for East Africa

                                                                              Analysys Mason, together with Dr Michael Kende and Prof Neil Gandal, worked with the World Bank to define a vision for a Single Digital Market...
                                                                              20 May 2019

                                                                              UNCTAD – The good, the bad and the ugly of rapid technological change

                                                                                Artificial intelligence designers, genome editors, professors and government officials weigh the promises and pitfalls of technological change.   New technologies like artificial intelligence and genome...
                                                                                18 May 2019

                                                                                AfDB – Africa’s digital economy is a pan African responsibility, Rwanda’s President Kagame says at Transform Africa Summit

                                                                                  Officially opening the continent’s digital economy summit in the Rwandan capital, President Paul Kagame called the task to advance Africa’s digital economy agenda “a pan-African...
                                                                                  17 May 2019

                                                                                  ITU – AI for Good: Paths Forward

                                                                                    ​​​​​In this edition of our digital magazi​ne​, you will learn more about: What Artificial Intelligenc​e (AI) experts will discuss at the AI for Good Global...
                                                                                    15 May 2019

                                                                                    ITC – New report: Creative industries in Rwanda tread digital paths to global markets

                                                                                      Developing countries may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the topic of digital trade arises. Exports of products such as music...
                                                                                      15 May 2019

                                                                                      AfDB – Global partners announce $61.8 million allocation to boost African Development Bank initiative for women entrepreneurs

                                                                                        This substantial support from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, will help us scale up our actions and achieve greater results for women entrepreneurs across...
                                                                                        14 May 2019

                                                                                        UNCTAD – Commission on Science and Technology for Development, twenty-second session

                                                                                          The twenty-second session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will be held at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to...
                                                                                          13 May 2019

                                                                                          UNCTAD eCommerce Week 2019 Report available online

                                                                                            The UNCTAD’s eCommerce Week 2019: From Digitalization to Development took place from 1–5 April at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. Discover below the key outcomes...
                                                                                            13 May 2019

                                                                                            WEF – Global Trade Identity can be the cornerstone of paperless trade

                                                                                              The digital business era requires organizations involved in global trade to rethink many aspects of their business models. Several enterprises in global supply chains have...
                                                                                              10 May 2019

                                                                                              ITC – Refugees in Kenya tap global freelance job markets online

                                                                                                Kakuma refugee camp residents learn new skills and access new markets to work remotely for businesses around the world by ITC News 1 2 3...
                                                                                                10 May 2019

                                                                                                UPU – New UPU report calls for surge in the postal sector’s digital transformation rate

                                                                                                  Report by the Universal Postal Union highlights enormous potential of international postal network; identifies key success factors needed to maintain competitive advantages Berne, 9 May...
                                                                                                  10 May 2019

                                                                                                  WEF – The UN came of age with the nuclear bomb. Time for it to step up to the AI era

                                                                                                    In an age of rapid technological change, we frequently create and use technologies designed to amplify our greatest ambitions as a global community – only...
                                                                                                    9 May 2019

                                                                                                    UNCTAD – UN helps nations tap technology for development

                                                                                                      The pace, problems and promises offered by rapid technological change is the central discussion point for ministerial representatives meeting at the UN’s European headquarters in...
                                                                                                      9 May 2019

                                                                                                      WB – Poised for Growth: Africa’s Development Future

                                                                                                        From digital transformation to building human capital, Africa’s development future was a key focus during the 2019 World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings held in Washington, D.C....
                                                                                                        9 May 2019

                                                                                                        WB – Tongan Public Services set for Digital Upgrade

                                                                                                          World Bank supported project to strengthen digital access and advance legal identity WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019 –Tongans will soon benefit from improved digital access to key...
                                                                                                          7 May 2019

                                                                                                          WTO – Consumer groups express support for multilateral trade, stress priorities for e-commerce

                                                                                                            Senior representatives of consumer organizations meeting today (6 May 2019) at the WTO headquarters sent a strong message of support for the WTO and the...
                                                                                                            7 May 2019

                                                                                                            WEF – 3 ways firms can master the digital challenges of the 4IR

                                                                                                              As the Accenture Technology Vision holds, technology is embedded in everything we do, improving the ways we live, work and experience the world. Almost all organizations in...
                                                                                                              6 May 2019

                                                                                                              Data Skills And The Fourth Industrial Revolution

                                                                                                              The idea behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution -- society’s pivot from industrial-based to information-driven business -- is gaining momentum, and for good reason. It’s been...
                                                                                                              6 May 2019

                                                                                                              Cambodia to join World Economic Forum digital growth project

                                                                                                              The World Economic Forum has requested Cambodia’s participation in an Asean-wide programme to promote digital development and electronic payments. During a meeting Tuesday with Pan...
                                                                                                              4 May 2019

                                                                                                              UNCTAD – Summit puts consumers at the heart of digital innovation

                                                                                                                mproving the well-being of our communities and families – one of the most tangible benefits of economic development – requires stronger protection in the digital...
                                                                                                                2 May 2019

                                                                                                                ISOC – The Economics of Trust: Overcoming Obstacles to Better Consumer IoT Security

                                                                                                                In 2018 the Internet Society launched the Trust by Design campaign, to make sure that security and privacy features are built into Internet of Things (IoT) products. We focused...
                                                                                                                2 May 2019

                                                                                                                ITU – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to focus on inclusive standards

                                                                                                                  The following is an interview with Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. Q1: On May 17 of each year, the International Telecommunication Union...
                                                                                                                  2 May 2019

                                                                                                                  CI – ISOC – The trust opportunity: Exploring Consumers’ Attitudes to the Internet of Things

                                                                                                                    This new research from Consumers International and the Internet Society explored consumer perceptions and attitudes towards trust, security and the privacy of consumer Internet of...
                                                                                                                    2 May 2019

                                                                                                                    EIF – H.E. DR. FRANÇOIS XAVIER NGARAMBE: AIMING FOR ECOMMERCE SUCCESS IN RWANDA

                                                                                                                      Following UNCTAD’s Ecommerce Week in April 2019 and on the cusp of a new partnership with EIF to boost ecommerce, Rwanda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative...
                                                                                                                      30 April 2019

                                                                                                                      ITU – South Africa startup shows power of ITU Telecom World Awards

                                                                                                                        How does a South African startup providing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for smart homes, factories and cities find funding, scale up its business and...
                                                                                                                        30 April 2019

                                                                                                                        Estonia’s E-Residency Contributed €14M To Its Economy–‘E-Residency 2.0 Will Be A True Forerunner’

                                                                                                                          A small country located on the Baltic Sea, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland and in the vicinity of Russia, Estonia is a global...
                                                                                                                          29 April 2019

                                                                                                                          WEF – Understanding digital revenue of IT exporters

                                                                                                                          What is digital revenue? It refers to an IT company’s income from services offered to clients based on the digital platform and covers a broad...
                                                                                                                          26 April 2019

                                                                                                                          WIPO: World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2019 Reach for Gold: IP and Sports

                                                                                                                            This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign – Reach for Gold – takes a closer look inside the world of sports. It explores how innovation,...
                                                                                                                            23 April 2019

                                                                                                                            ITU – Caribbean Girls Hack events show digital skills momentum

                                                                                                                              By Nicole Pitter-Patterson and Bridget Lewis, Co-Founders of SheLeadsIT With International Girls in ICT Day 2019 approaching this week, we are happy to share with the global ITU...
                                                                                                                              23 April 2019

                                                                                                                              DiploFoundation – Open Registration: Blended learning course on Digital Policy and Diplomacy

                                                                                                                                Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform run a course for diplomats posted to the UN in New York   For the second year, Diplo is...
                                                                                                                                23 April 2019

                                                                                                                                ADB – ‘My mother told me to dare.’ Inspiring stories from high-level African Development Bank women’s summit

                                                                                                                                  Nafissa Hamidou Abdoulaye has been praised far and wide for her ground-breaking work in agriculture, but securing financing has been an uphill battle. That was...
                                                                                                                                  18 April 2019

                                                                                                                                  ITU – How the Broadband Commission is working to ensure meaningful connectivity for all

                                                                                                                                    Today, more than half of the world’s population is using the Internet. Around the world, the percentage of people using the Internet is on the rise, with...
                                                                                                                                    18 April 2019

                                                                                                                                    EIF – KEMVICHET LONG: ON HELPING CAMBODIA’S BUSINESSES ENTER THE GLOBAL ECOMMERCE MARKETPLACE

                                                                                                                                      During UNCTAD’s Ecommerce Week in April 2019, Deputy Director General for International Trade at the Cambodia Ministry of Commerce talks all things e-trade What is the current...
                                                                                                                                      16 April 2019

                                                                                                                                      ITU – WSIS Action Lines on tech for good are considered key UN framework for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

                                                                                                                                        Ministerial Round Table at 10th World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, 8-12 April 2019, emphasized the importance of the WSIS Action Lines – on...
                                                                                                                                        16 April 2019

                                                                                                                                        WTO – Report sheds light on impact of digital technologies on global value chains

                                                                                                                                          Global value chains (GVCs) have regained momentum in recent years, leading to the creation of new jobs and increased prosperity, especially in developing economies, according...
                                                                                                                                          16 April 2019

                                                                                                                                          Ecommerce Africa Forum – Investing in African Start-ups

                                                                                                                                          Partech Africa’s 2018 annual report says African tech startups raised US$1.163bn in 2018. The report’s data, from 146 African startups covering equity deals in 164...
                                                                                                                                          15 April 2019

                                                                                                                                          ITU – Why we need a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to digital investments

                                                                                                                                            By Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau; and Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) *The below text is the...
                                                                                                                                            12 April 2019

                                                                                                                                            EIF – Bhutan’s potato ‘stock market’ goes online

                                                                                                                                              The beginnings of the New York Stock Exchange and the Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan (RSEBL) may have more in common than you might expect....
                                                                                                                                              12 April 2019

                                                                                                                                              ITU – EQUALS in Tech Awards call for projects that promote ‘Women in Tech’ and ‘Girls in ICT’

                                                                                                                                                By ITU News The EQUALS Global Partnership is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards. Each year, groundbreaking...
                                                                                                                                                12 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                ITU – WSIS FORUM 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

                                                                                                                                                  First highlights video from the WSIS FORUM 2019, ITU, Geneva, Switzerland.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuaHt3syGJc&feature=youtu.be
                                                                                                                                                  11 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                  EU – Digital Day 2019

                                                                                                                                                    The third edition of the Digital Day will enable the EU and interested Member States to pool resources to accelerate digital developments in key areas...
                                                                                                                                                    10 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                    News Express – E-commerce will boost Africa free trade: UN Trade Agency

                                                                                                                                                    “E-commerce has the potential to lift intra-African trade from the current rate of 18% and to boost Africa’s share of global trade, currently estimated at...
                                                                                                                                                    10 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                    WTO – DG Azevêdo: The conversation on digital trade and e-commerce concerns us all

                                                                                                                                                      Speaking at a session entitled “Global regulation of digital trade and e-commerce: What is needed?” organized by the Danish Government on 1 April during UNCTAD’s...
                                                                                                                                                      8 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                      UNCTAD – Countries discuss proposed WTO talks to boost e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD is ready to support developing countries to maximize the development benefits of e-commerce, as they mull over proposed negotiations within the WTO. UNCTAD stands...
                                                                                                                                                        7 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                        ITC – New #ITCbooks: Joining forces for e-commerce: How small African firms succeed with collaborative business models

                                                                                                                                                          Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa can tackle e-commerce barriers such as formalization, e-payments and delivery by joining forces through collaborative business models. This...
                                                                                                                                                          5 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                          Five ways to increase trust in e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                            Trust between consumers and suppliers is often a bigger issue online than it is offline. Online, there is a limit to both physical interaction and...
                                                                                                                                                            5 April 2019

                                                                                                                                                            Network to connect women e-commerce leaders launched

                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD has launched a new network for women leaders in e-commerce, aiming to raise their profile, including in policy processes. Digital transformation is a gamechanger....
                                                                                                                                                              30 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                              Global e-commerce sales surged to $29 trillion (UNCTAD)

                                                                                                                                                                One quarter of the world's population purchased goods online in 2017, a 12% jump from the previous year. Global e-commerce sales grew 13% in 2017,...
                                                                                                                                                                27 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                ECommerce At Center Of Global Summit

                                                                                                                                                                The lack of development aid earmarked to help poorer countries build the infrastructure and skills they need to adapt to the digital economy raises profound...
                                                                                                                                                                27 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                ‘AI for Good’ or scary AI?

                                                                                                                                                                  By Neil Sahota and Michael Ashley, authors of ‘Own the A.I. Revolution’ Some futurists fear Artificial Intelligence (AI), perhaps understandably. After all, AI appears in...
                                                                                                                                                                  27 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                  How the consolidation of tech providers is impacting innovation

                                                                                                                                                                  When Facebook was hit with the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March of last year, the backlash was swift and brutal. The scandal was unlike anything...
                                                                                                                                                                  26 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                  New initiative aims at transforming economic lives of women in Least Developed Countries

                                                                                                                                                                  Across the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), women continue to face constraints that limit their participation in trade. A just-launched initiative is exclusively targeting...
                                                                                                                                                                  25 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                  Sending money to the Burundian countryside made easier

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to the improved equipment of the post offices, Burundian migrants can now easily send money to their families, even those living in remote areas....
                                                                                                                                                                  22 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                  Can developing nations compete in a digital world (UNCTAD)?

                                                                                                                                                                    People want in on e-commerce for simple reasons - choice, ease, speed, cost, convenience. Yet not everyone benefits equally, especially in least developed countries. Life...
                                                                                                                                                                    19 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                    How will AI accelerate sustainable development? Find out at the AI for Good Global Summit.

                                                                                                                                                                      Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken giant leaps forward in recent years, inspiring growing confidence in AI’s ability to assist in solving some of humanity’s greatest...
                                                                                                                                                                      18 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                      Consumer protection remains a cornerstone of development

                                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD marks World Consumer Rights Day with a reminder that faulty products cost lives and dupe families out of much-needed income. The recent news that...
                                                                                                                                                                        15 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                        World Consumer Rights Day 2019: Trusted Smart Products

                                                                                                                                                                          Our theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019 will be ‘Trusted Smart Products’. From smart phones to wearable fitness trackers, to voice-activated assistants and smart TVs, many...
                                                                                                                                                                          15 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                          WIPO Cybersquatting Cases Grow by 12% to Reach New Record in 2018

                                                                                                                                                                            Trademark owners filed a record 3,447 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2018 as businesses reacted...
                                                                                                                                                                            15 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                            Youth prioritized as sustainable development innovators

                                                                                                                                                                              A recent UNCTAD report highlights young people's voices and ideas for achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Issues impacting the youth – and...
                                                                                                                                                                              13 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                              What could be the architecture that unlocks the true value of IoT-enabled Data Marketplaces?

                                                                                                                                                                                By Omar Elloumi, Chair, Smart Cities, AIOTI; Tom De Block, Chair, Distributed Ledger Technologies, AIOTI; Natalie Samovich, Chair, Smart Energy, AIOTI Data Marketplaces enabling the...
                                                                                                                                                                                7 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                E-commerce is fuelling Asia’s air freight

                                                                                                                                                                                It is never night on the sun. As the main manufacturing hub for the rest of the world, Asia’s role in the world economy is...
                                                                                                                                                                                5 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                Consolidation in the Internet Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Internet economy, as understood in this report, is broadly defined as the economic activities that either support the Internet or are fundamentally dependent on the...
                                                                                                                                                                                  1 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                  Diplo’s crystal ball exercise: Digital policy in 2019 – 10 areas of development which we will need to watch closely.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The digital realm is mirroring societal developments. Cyber risks and uncertainties are growing. A cyber-arms race is in the making. Opportunity-wise, artificial intelligence (AI), quantum...
                                                                                                                                                                                    1 March 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                    WEF – In manufacturing’s digital dream, lies a lot of hope

                                                                                                                                                                                    Indian manufacturing industries are excitedly stepping up to adopt digital technology, but it’s not going to be easy as they will have to grapple with...
                                                                                                                                                                                    28 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                    DiploFoundation – New online course: Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance, and Policy Frameworks

                                                                                                                                                                                      Artificial intelligence has developed significantly in recent years, and is increasingly part of everyday life. Interactive voice assistants in our mobile phones, targeted online advertisement,...
                                                                                                                                                                                      28 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      Estonia E-Residency Programme: Call for participants from around the world for Career Hunt 2019 – Rocket your IT career straight to the Nordic tech hub

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Work in Estonia programme is again offering an opportunity for 25 candidates from around the world to fly to Tallinn, Estonia, and join an all-inclusive...
                                                                                                                                                                                        28 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                        ITU – Empowering women in technology for a truly equal society: Doreen Bogdan-Martin

                                                                                                                                                                                          By Doreen Bogdan-Martin This article was adapted from a speech delivered by Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) on 28...
                                                                                                                                                                                          27 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                          Internet Society Launches Research Project to Understand the Effects of Consolidation in the Internet Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                            WASHINGTON, DC – February 26, 2019–The Internet Society (ISOC), a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet, today...
                                                                                                                                                                                            26 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                            ITC – Gaza youth find business success with new digital skills

                                                                                                                                                                                              Palestinian youth secure sales of $40,000 after ITC training course on graphic design and digital marketing     Palestinian youth and refugees in the Gaza...
                                                                                                                                                                                              25 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                              Consumers International launches Trust by Design Guidelines for consumer IoT

                                                                                                                                                                                                Consumers International has launched a new set of principles and guidelines to help manufacturers create safe and trusted smart devices for consumers – sometimes known...
                                                                                                                                                                                                25 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                WEF – Kenyans turn to digital careers as technology alters job market

                                                                                                                                                                                                Three years ago, fisherman Bernad Mulobi had his first experience with a smartphone, and it completely changed his life. While fishing in Kiaoni village, Machakos...
                                                                                                                                                                                                19 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                News from the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation recently concluded its second in-person meeting, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on the process so...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  18 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Luxembourg Passes Blockchain Framework Bill Into Law

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Luxembourg lawmakers have passed bill 7363 into law, facilitating the use of blockchain technology in financial services, according to an official announcement published by the country’s parliament, the Chamber of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  14 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                  EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  12 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Helena Leurent will be the new Director General of Consumers International

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Consumers International is delighted to confirm that Helena Leurent has been appointed as Amanda Long’s successor as Director General. Currently a member of the Executive Committee at...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                    UN Regional Commissions launch 3rd UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The third United Nations Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2019 has been launched by UNECE and its four counterpart United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs)...
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mobile applications for the postal sector

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Increased access to mobile phones offers the world’s citizens a tremendous opportunity to participate in the digital economy through e-commerce, e-finance or e-government, regardless...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 February 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Innovation is not simply driven by technology, it is about agility

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Interview with Daniel Nieto, UPU’s Digital Inclusion and Policy Expert Q 1: Please could you explain something about your role at the Universal Postal Union?...
                                                                                                                                                                                                          31 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Malaysia, ITC and Commonwealth Secretariat to host dialogue on women in the digital economy and trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kuala Lumpur event to launch work on ITC’s SheTrades Outlook and the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda (Kuala Lumpur/Geneva) – The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            31 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                            WIPO’s First “Technology Trends” Study Probes Artificial Intelligence: IBM and Microsoft are Leaders Amid Recent Global Upsurge in AI Inventive Activity

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A new WIPO flagship study has documented a massive recent surge in artificial intelligence-based inventions, with U.S.-based companies IBM and Microsoft leading the pack as...
                                                                                                                                                                                                              30 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU – Unique, legal and digital: Three characteristics of ID crucial to financial inclusion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “There are still a billion people, half of them in Africa, without reliable means of proving their identity,” says Sharmista Appaya, Senior Financial Sector Specialist...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                29 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Time to eliminate the password: New report on next-generation authentication for digital financial services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We don’t want digital financial services to be built on the wrong foundation, which is the password,” says Abbie Barbir, Rapporteur for ITU standardization work...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  28 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  António Guterres: Read the UN Secretary-General’s Davos speech in full

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    'We are in a world in which global challenges are more and more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented, and if this...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How ITU is partnering to boost digital financial inclusion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “There are 1.7 billion people, adults today, who do not have any access to financial services, and the same people, or 1.2 billion , have...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      26 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Digitalizing Emerging Markets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Follow the Davos session on Digitalizing Emerging Markets:   MORE ABOUT THIS VIDEO 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        25 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WTO DG Azevêdo meets ministers in Davos: discussions focus on reform; progress on e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Participating in a series of ministerial discussions during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reviewed the challenges and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why we need a new circular economy for electronics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General; and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization ​​​​​​​​ Humankind’s insatiable demand and consumption of electronic devices is creating...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            25 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Message from the World Customs Organization – International Customs Day 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Traditionally, to mark International Customs Day (ICD) each year, the WCO Secretariat dedicates a theme that is pertinent to the challenges facing the global Customs...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              25 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Make it convenient, make it credible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We’re living in a time of disruptive technologies evolving at an exponential pace. Today, you can enjoy an Impossible Burger (meat industry disrupted) delivered by...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                24 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you a woman entrepreneur seeking finance? Register at SheTrades.com!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative aims to connect 3 million women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to international markets by 2021. Under the umbrella of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  24 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Power of the Post shown in new UPU/Tunisian government project streamlining export processes for small businesses across Tunisia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berne, 21 January. Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Bishar A. Hussein today attended the launch in the Tunisian city of Kairouan...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    24 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reaching the Digital Economy’s Last Mile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FINANCIAL INCLUSION How global companies can help advance digital financial inclusion of consumers, employees and entrepreneurs in developing economies. By: Dan Salazar Over the last decade,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    24 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    E-commerce and Developing Countries: The South Asian Experience

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The evolution of Electronic Commerce or E-Commerce has brought about a significant change in the way business is conducted across the globe. The e-commerce which emerged...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      23 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Davos participants call for digital trade deal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Digitalisation is transforming the global economy Image: REUTERS/Pascal Lauener By Kimberley BotwrightCommunity Lead, International Trade and Investment, , World Economic Forum “Digitalisation is transforming the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        21 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How e-commerce supports African business growth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Africa’s booming e-commerce sector can not only jump-start small businesses but also help large companies enter a market full of energized consumers. Africa has one...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        21 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smart Villages: Empowering rural communities in ‘Niger 2.0’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By ITU News The Republic of Niger is a country with a young population living mostly in rural, remote and hard-to-reach areas. And Niger is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          18 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How Konga is Bridging E-Commerce Gap for Millions of Unreached, Under-Served Nigerians

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For a population of over 190 million, it is perhaps shocking to countenance the fact that about 70% of Nigerians – a whopping 130...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          17 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To keep track of the SDGs, we need a data revolution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Steve MacFeely  Chief Statistician, UNCTAD Many of our greatest advances have come from unofficial or 'amateur' scientists. Now we need their help again. Image:...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            16 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UPU looks back to move forward

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Last year saw the Universal Postal Union continue to redefine itself for the 21st Century and reaffirm its pivotal role as the global voice of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ASEAN: E-commerce set to dominate the region in 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2018 was the year e-commerce established itself as one of the region’s fastest growing sectors.Over the past three years, it has been the most dynamic sector...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How Blockchain can revolutionize the energy industry in Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Nsikak John, Founder, Kahn StudiosBlockchain technology allows residents with solar PV panels to sell excess energy to other residentsIn Africa, the demand for electricity largely exceeds...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Estonia goes digital to end bureaucracy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Everything from birth certificates to drug prescriptions can be obtained online  A card shows all the details to be inputted online to register the birth of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 January 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eTrade for all – Our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy new year 2019!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dear eTrade for all community,On behalf of the whole team, we wish you a happy and healthy 2019 year!We look forward to creating new synergies...