19 November 2019

She Trades Global

SheTrades Global 2019 will be held in conjunction with World Export Development Forum (WEDF) at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 18-22 November 2019. SheTrades Global is...
14 November 2019

The Digital Roadmap: how developing countries can get ahead

    The Pathways  for Prosperity Commission’s final report lays out pragmatic recommendations for developing countries that want to seize the opportunities available in the digital age...
    12 November 2019

    WIPO Report 2019 – The Geography of Innovation: Local Hotspots, Global Networks

      Today, WIPO released the World Intellectual Property Report 2019. This year’s Report focuses on “The Geography of Innovation: Local Hotspots, Global Networks”. Drawing on millions of patent and...
      12 November 2019

      From kitchen to boardroom : one woman’s story of business success

      In Zambia, a sweet idea spurs entrepreneurship Chileshe Chewe’s epiphany happened on Thursday 28 February at 11 am. It was an unusually cold day in...
      7 November 2019

      ITC – Fast Tracking Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa

        The digital economy offers opportunities at scale to generate jobs, contribute to economic growth and productivity gains. Digital entrepreneurship will accelerate the digital transformation of...
        7 November 2019

        UNCTAD – Ensuring frontier and space technologies bring development to all

          Experts gather to tap into opportunities to use technology to accelerate progress towards the global goals, leaving no one behind. A global middle class has...
          6 November 2019

          New ITU data reveal growing Internet uptake but a widening digital gender divide

            Some 4.1 billion people are now online, but in developing countries women’s Internet use is falling behind. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​New data released by ITU today reveal that...
            4 November 2019

            World Bank – Pacific Islands: Harnessing the transformative power of digital connectivity

              Spread across the vast Pacific Ocean, the islands of the South Pacific are significantly more connected than they were a decade ago. Some of these...
              2 November 2019

              IDB – The 2019 Global Financial Inclusion Microscope

                Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico lead the ranking of the Global Microscope on the environment for financial inclusion, an index that focuses on regulation, political...
                31 October 2019

                ISOC – Summit Seeks to Connect Communities in Africa to the Global Internet

                  Dodoma, Tanzania–30 October, 2019 – The Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with the University of Dodoma announced today that the...
                  28 October 2019

                  Building the Digital Government – Estonia’s Digital Transformation

                  Estonia has 1.3 million citizens and it has become the paradigm example of digital services in a mere 20 years. When it comes to digital...
                  25 October 2019

                  UNCTAD kicks off eTrade for Women masterclass series

                  The first course will be held in Skopje, North Macedonia, and led by finance minister and Grouper.mk co-founder Nina Angelovska. #eTradeforWomen   UNCTAD kicks off...
                  23 October 2019

                  UNCTAD – 6 things to know about women in e-commerce

                  It's an open secret that the technology sector struggles to attract women. Could changing the narrative be a way to get more women involved in...
                  18 October 2019

                  The World Bank – Connecting Africa to Broadband: A Roadmap for Inclusive Growth

                    What will it take for Africa to connect an additional 1.1 billion people online by 2030 and bridge the connectivity gap? A new report launched yesterday...
                    17 October 2019

                    ESCAP – Artificial Intelligence emerging as a helpful tool for governments to deliver public services, reveals new UN-Google report

                      Bangkok (ESCAP news) – A new study launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Google today...
                      15 October 2019

                      Consumers International – World Standards Day 2019: Laying the foundations for a better world

                      For Consumers International and its members, getting involved in the world of technical standards is an important part of protecting consumers globally. Standards are the 'silent and...
                      13 October 2019

                      WEF – In the digital era, tax, trade and competition rules need an upgrade

                        The benefits of digitalization are clear and welcome. Yet popular debate is growing worldwide on how best to tax and regulate digital businesses to optimize...
                        11 October 2019

                        EIF – GLOBALISATION, ROBOTICS AND PATHWAYS TO DEVELOPMENT

                          Trade for Development News discussed the future of globalisation and pathways to development with Richard Baldwin, Professor of Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and...
                          11 October 2019

                          Business as usual at the 74th UNGA

                            A week has passed since the opening of the annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The time is just about right for...
                            11 October 2019

                            Boosting business competitiveness in Africa with IP and innovation

                              By McLean Sibanda, Managing Director, Bigen Global Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Professor Tom Peter Migun Ogada, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies and Chairman of the...
                              10 October 2019

                              WTO World Trade Report sees increasing role for services trade, need for global cooperation

                                The 2019 edition of the WTO’s World Trade Report highlights that services have become the most dynamic component of international trade and that its role...
                                9 October 2019

                                WTO DG Azevêdo says trading system needs to adapt to a rapidly changing world

                                  In his welcome remarks to the Opening Plenary of the 2019 Public Forum on 8 October, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo underscored the need to adapt...
                                  9 October 2019

                                  The World Bank: Global Value Chains Have Spurred Growth but Momentum Is Flagging

                                    Report Shows Path for Developing Countries to Achieve Better Growth Outcomes In an era of slowing trade and growth, developing countries can achieve better outcomes...
                                    5 October 2019

                                    Samoa Pathway Mid-Term Review: How tech is helping small island countries

                                      *The following is the Executive Summary of ITU’s new report entitled “Small island developing states (SIDS) and ICTs: Mid-term review of the Samoa Pathway.”   Information...
                                      2 October 2019

                                      WIPO DG Francis Gurry highlights organization’s achievements, outlines challenges raised by new technologies

                                        WIPO Director General Francis Gurry reported excellent results in the Organization’s global intellectual property (IP) services and finances while noting that record demand for IP rights, driven by...
                                        2 October 2019

                                        ITU issues guidance on the adoption of blockchain

                                          “We are providing potential blockchain adopters with a clear view of this new technology and how it could best be applied,” says Wei Kai, China...
                                          1 October 2019

                                          ITC – Women in Europe largely under-represented in international trade, study finds

                                          Only 20% of exporting companies in the European Union are owned, led or managed by women. Women are under-represented among EU companies in the agriculture...
                                          27 September 2019

                                          UN Secretary-General’s task force issues interim report of findings on power of fintech to advance sustainable development

                                            Report from public/private consortium reflects months of intensive global consultations, calls for policy and governance to empower “citizen financiers” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) chief...
                                            25 September 2019

                                            UNCTAD unveils 7 top advocates for women in tech, e-commerce

                                              The tech and e-commerce industry remains a male-dominated playing field globally, but a surge in women demanding a seat at the table – and delivering...
                                              24 September 2019

                                              ITU – New study shows economic impact of broadband on least-developed, landlocked and small island nations

                                                Least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS)’ constitute 91 of the world’s most vulnerable nations. Some of them...
                                                23 September 2019

                                                ITU – How we can turn digital technology innovation into climate action

                                                  By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General *The following is a Foreword published in the new ITU report, “Turning digital technology into climate action.” Today, we are...
                                                  23 September 2019

                                                  ISOC – Privacy Regulations Are Evolving: Are Organizations Ready?

                                                  Privacy statements are both a point of contact to inform users about their data and a way to show governments the organization is committed to...
                                                  23 September 2019

                                                  ITU – Global internet growth stalls and focus shifts to ‘meaningful universal connectivity’ to drive global development

                                                    UN-backed report on global broadband access underscores urgent need to find new ways to reach the half of the world still unconnected Traditional ap​proaches to...
                                                    20 September 2019

                                                    UNCTAD- Successful digital women entrepreneurs at UN Assembly

                                                    Five successful women entrepreneurs who have broken new digital ground and created wealth and employment in various developing countries will be unveiled on the margins...
                                                    20 September 2019

                                                    EIF – Unleashing the power of women to transform the world’s poorest countries

                                                      If we are committed to transforming the lives of women across the globe, we have to start with the least developed countries Let’s get real....
                                                      20 September 2019

                                                      How ITU is boosting digital inclusion in the Arab region

                                                        TU and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize the fourth ITU-UNESCO Regional Digital Inclusion Week for Arab States from 22 to 28...
                                                        19 September 2019

                                                        WCO underlines Customs’ role during WTO discussions on e-commerce

                                                          The WCO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, recently visited World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to raise awareness of Customs’ role...
                                                          17 September 2019

                                                          ITC and Diplo joint course on Digital Commerce starting on 9 October 2019

                                                            The International Trade Centre (ITC) and Diplo Foundation (Diplo) are delighted to announce a joint digital commerce (just-in-time Geneva-based course) starting on 9 October 2019. This course aims to...
                                                            13 September 2019

                                                            Consumers International – The top five insights discussed at the G20

                                                            From robot lawyers to self-regulating IoT products, technology was a focal point at the G20 Consumer Policy conference, closely followed by sustainability and international cooperation....
                                                            13 September 2019

                                                            ITC – Sustaining the impact of Africa’s tech hubs

                                                              New ITC report explores impact of and challenges for African technology hubs, and looks at ways for them to remain financially viable. Across Africa, technology...
                                                              12 September 2019

                                                              EIF – How can developing countries seize returns from the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

                                                                Without action, one out of every four people living in LDCs will be offline due to the lack of digital skills The digital trade landscape...
                                                                12 September 2019

                                                                ITU Telecom World gathers steam in Budapest

                                                                  Collaboration is fundamental for achieving an inclusive digital future for all. That was the message at the ITU Telecom World 2019 opening today in Budapest, Hungary. Key...
                                                                  10 September 2019

                                                                  WEF – Africa E-Commerce Action Agenda Launches Roadmap to Sustainable Development

                                                                    Cape Town, South Africa, 3 September 2019 – The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the International Trade Centre, today released the Africa E-Commerce Agenda, an eight-step...
                                                                    10 September 2019

                                                                    EIF – The African Continental Free Trade area: dawn of a new era

                                                                      The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will transform the way Africa trades, with intra-African trade expected to increase by 15-25 per cent, and the...
                                                                      6 September 2019

                                                                      UN Regional Commissions – Interactive visualization of Trade Facilitation & Paperless Trade data

                                                                        To help countries benchmark and reduce the time and cost of trading across border, the UN Regional Commissions jointly conduct the UN Global Survey on...
                                                                        6 September 2019

                                                                        ITC – ITC and Visa Partner to Empower Women-Led Businesses to Trade Globally

                                                                          The International Trade Centre (ITC) and Visa (NYSE: V) today launched a partnership to increase the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and...
                                                                          6 September 2019

                                                                          DiploFoundation – Digital governance: Who is picking up the phone?

                                                                            'Who do I call if I want to call Europe?' asked Kissinger a few decades ago. The essence of Kissinger’s question could easily translate to...
                                                                            6 September 2019

                                                                            UNCTAD – Global efforts needed to spread digital economy benefits, UN report says

                                                                              Digital wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few US- and China-based platforms The gap between the under-connected and the hyper-digitalized countries will widen...
                                                                              6 September 2019

                                                                              ITU – Prioritize digital skills to drive global development

                                                                                By 2030 there will be an estimated two billion young people seeking opportunities for a bright future. If we give these young people the right...
                                                                                4 September 2019

                                                                                DiploFoundation – Celebrating 20 years of DiploNews

                                                                                  Over the years, Diplo’s alumni base grew to over 6,000 professionals from 201 countries. Our websites, home to the latest information on all that we’ve...
                                                                                  4 September 2019

                                                                                  ISOC – Improving Internet Trust: Ironing out the Details

                                                                                    We all can make some pretty rash decisions under stress. I once burned a hole through my undershirt instead of ironing my button-down shirt because...
                                                                                    4 September 2019

                                                                                    ESCAP – Explaining the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless trade in Asia-Pacific

                                                                                      The adoption of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific paves the way for the region to accelerate...
                                                                                      4 September 2019

                                                                                      e-Residency – e-Residency summer update

                                                                                        What’s happened so far in 2019, and what’s on the agenda for the remainder of the year. It can be hard to leave the forest...
                                                                                        2 September 2019

                                                                                        WEF – What to expect from the World Economic Forum on Africa 2019

                                                                                          It's home to almost half of the 40 fastest-growing emerging and developing countries and has the youngest population of any continent: so how can Africa...
                                                                                          29 August 2019

                                                                                          ITU – Top experts discuss key issues at ITU Workshop on Fintech Security

                                                                                            ‘Fintech’ or financial technology is one of the fastest growing segments in the financial services industry – and it has massive potential to improve lives...
                                                                                            29 August 2019

                                                                                            EIF – Ramkrishna Adhikari: with a young, tech-savvy population, Nepal forging ahead on its e-Commerce path

                                                                                              Nepal’s Under Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies talks all things trade – online What is the current state of ecommerce in...
                                                                                              29 August 2019

                                                                                              AfDB – G7 Summit: President Macron and G7 leaders provide Bank’s AFAWA initiative with $251 million.

                                                                                                French President Emmanuel Macron and G7 leaders on Sunday approved a package totalling $251 million in support of the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative to...
                                                                                                29 August 2019

                                                                                                ITC issues call for women entrepreneurs to join second phase of SheTrades Invest

                                                                                                  The International Trade Centre (ITC) today announced a new call for women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to apply to join SheTrades Invest for an opportunity...
                                                                                                  27 August 2019

                                                                                                  ITC-WEF – Factories are no longer the sure route to prosperity. Here’s why

                                                                                                    Think about countries growing out of poverty and you probably picture something like this: underemployed workers leaving inefficient farms for factories that make textiles and...
                                                                                                    15 August 2019

                                                                                                    WTO AND UPU – CROSS-BORDER TRADE

                                                                                                    Discover the seminar and workshop at Parcel+Post Expo this year, including: Defining the parcel locker Technology and lockers Paul Donohoe, Manager Digital Economy & Trade...
                                                                                                    14 August 2019

                                                                                                    ITU – High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) — bringing connectivity to all

                                                                                                      As emerging economies around the world focus on digital transformation as a path toward socioeconomic empowerment, bringing connectivity to all is increasingly critical. Nearly half...
                                                                                                      12 August 2019

                                                                                                      ITU – Empowering girls to code for a bright and promising future

                                                                                                        African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) is a four-year programme designed to train young girls to become programmers and ICT creators, and encourage further education and...
                                                                                                        8 August 2019

                                                                                                        ISOC – Working Together for an Internet for Women

                                                                                                        How can we get more girls and young women involved in the Internet? Since 2017, the Internet Society’s Women SIG has developed global actions to...
                                                                                                        5 August 2019

                                                                                                        AfDB – From youth empowerment to youth investment: the Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy

                                                                                                          Africa’s greatest asset is its young people. However, without harnessing their potential and equipping them with skills of the future, restless, hungry, unemployed young people...
                                                                                                          2 August 2019

                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Iraq sets sights on e-commerce opportunities

                                                                                                            Years of conflict have ravaged Iraq’s economy and infrastructure. As it struggles to rebuild, the country is keen on tapping e-commerce’s potential. Iraq is laying...
                                                                                                            2 August 2019

                                                                                                            The World Bank – The Future of Work in Africa: The Roles of Skills, Informality, and Social Protection in Unleashing the Promise of Digital Technologies for All

                                                                                                                As developing countries brace for technological advances and other disruptions arising from climate shocks, fragility, economic integration and population transitions that will fundamentally transform...
                                                                                                              2 August 2019

                                                                                                              ITU digital gender champion becomes leading AI service provider

                                                                                                                By Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest tickets in the ICT space right now – and...
                                                                                                                26 July 2019

                                                                                                                UNCTAD – Bangladesh creates fertile ground for e-commerce growth

                                                                                                                  The ICT sector in Bangladesh has grown by 40% annually since 2010, thanks to public and private sector initiatives. Bangladesh has laid down an exemplary...
                                                                                                                  23 July 2019

                                                                                                                  WTO – Provisional programme for 2019 Public Forum now available

                                                                                                                    This year’s WTO Public Forum, entitled “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”, will feature 137 sessions focusing on how to adapt to a rapidly...
                                                                                                                    22 July 2019

                                                                                                                    UNCTAD – Competition law crosses the digital threshold

                                                                                                                      While competition law's logic is sound, it needs new levers to address the challenges of the modern world and help regulators and enforcers do their...
                                                                                                                      19 July 2019

                                                                                                                      WEF – Is blockchain overhyped? 5 challenges to getting projects off the ground

                                                                                                                        Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of excitement around blockchain – some warranted, and some not. As the hype dies...
                                                                                                                        17 July 2019

                                                                                                                        ITU – Collaborative and innovative approaches to regulation needed to unlock the full potential of digital technologies

                                                                                                                          ITU Global Symposium for Regulators adopts GSR-19 Best Practice Guidelines on fast-forwarding digital connectivity for all Regulators from around the world gathered in Port Vila,...
                                                                                                                          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...