23 November 2020

UNCTAD – New survey shows COVID-19’s impact on e-commerce in poorer nations

    The coronavirus pandemic is impacting actors in the digital economy differently. While some digital businesses are showing resilience, costs are rising for others, a new...
    20 November 2020

    E-Government Ministerial meeting will support economic and social recovery post COVID-19

      The VI E-Goverment Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean ended today with a pledge by ministers and other high-ranking officials from 33 nations to promote...
      19 November 2020

      ISoc-Announcing over $1 million in grant awards for digital skills development in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal

        The Internet Society Foundation has awarded over $1 million in digital skills development grants to eight innovative projects in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal.   In...
        19 November 2020

        Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 Response

          The United Nations, IOM, ITU, OCHA, OHCHR, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, UPU, UN Volunteers, UN Women, WFP and WHO support the adoption of...
          19 November 2020

          ISOC – Insights from Internet Society’s 2020 Public Pulse Survey

            The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how critical the Internet is to daily life – a point further emphasized in a recent public pulse survey from...
            18 November 2020

            ITC – Digital solutions empower business support organizations in navigating COVID-hit global markets

              A multi-agency platform providing vital trade and market information is helping micro, small and medium-sized enterprises – and the institutions that support them – to...
              18 November 2020

              WTO report shows slowdown in G20 trade restrictions as COVID-19 impacts world economy

                The WTO’s latest Trade Monitoring Report on G20 trade measures shows a slowdown in the number and coverage of trade-restrictive and trade-facilitating measures on goods...
                17 November 2020

                WTO – Co-conveners of e-commerce negotiations: We are seeing convergence being built but need to move faster

                  WTO members participating in the negotiation of rules on e-commerce continued their work to streamline the negotiating text at a plenary meeting on 17 November....
                  15 November 2020

                  DiPLO – 15 Asia-Pacific countries sign free trade deal

                    Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries including China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Malaysia, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) after eight years of negotiations. The signatory...
                    13 November 2020

                    IGF2020: The week so far | Digital Watch special edition

                      A one-of-a-kind IGF during a once-in-a-century pandemic   Held during two phases (2–6 November and 9–17 November), this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is like...
                      12 November 2020

                      UN/CEFACT showcases technologies to improve cross-border trade and support an inclusive digital economy

                        The risk that advances in digital technology benefit those who are already online and could contribute to greater inequality within and among countries needs to...
                        12 November 2020

                        Opportunities grow for African IT and business process outsourcing providers

                          National profiles of 11 African countries for information technology and business process management show that emerging firms are poised for growth in a highly competitive...
                          11 November 2020

                          IDB – What Happened to Cross-Border E-Commerce Under the Pandemic?

                            There is a strong consensus that cross-border e-commerce has been growing at a fast pace. Available data suggests that the pandemic could have even accelerated...
                            11 November 2020

                            IGF 2020 : Follow Just-in-Time Reporting

                              IGF 2020 sessions continued the discussion on the four chosen thematic tracks for this year's Internet Governance Forum: Trust, Environment, Inclusion, and Data. As in...
                              10 November 2020

                              UNCTAD – Digital trade facilitation for women cross-border traders

                                Digital trade facilitation refers to making full use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and going paperless for all steps of the cross-border trade process....
                                9 November 2020

                                UNECE – The Western Balkans and Moldova redouble efforts to implement Single Window and electronic trade data sharing

                                  The Western Balkans and Moldova are moving to modernize their trade and Customs procedures and roll out standardized trade data sharing and Single Window for...
                                  9 November 2020

                                  DiPLO – 40 million new digital users in Southeast Asia in 2020

                                    A recent report published by Google, Temasek Holdings and Bain & Company found that an estimated 40 million people from six countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines,...
                                    5 November 2020

                                    IMF – Bridging the Digital Divide to Scale Up the COVID-19 Recovery

                                      Digitalization has in the past few years enabled developing countries in particular to leapfrog on financial inclusion. Countries like Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and Tanzania have...
                                      5 November 2020

                                      EIF – Supporting an evolving ecommerce ecosystem in Myanmar

                                        Myanmar was already moving to get its businesses online. With COVID-19, they were able to speed things up. It’s 2020 and online food delivery is...
                                        5 November 2020

                                        UNCTAD – Strengthening consumer protection and competition in the digital economy

                                            COVID-19 related measures led to a remarkable increase in e-commerce. The growth of e-commerce requires Governments to ensure that consumers are as well protected...
                                          4 November 2020

                                          WIPO Expands its Suite of Online Services for Innovators with New Patent Information Tool

                                            The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has expanded its suite of online services with an online platform providing free access to comprehensive, unbiased, and structured...
                                            4 November 2020

                                            Dutch funding set to boost UNCTAD’s work on e-commerce and the digital economy

                                              Generous grant from the Netherlands will boost Africa-wide ambitions to benefit from e-commerce and provides concrete support to its least developed countries.   Digitalization is...
                                              4 November 2020

                                              ITU’s SME community is growing and going global

                                                COVID-19 has severely impacted small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world. Engaging with these businesses to help them innovate, build resilience and expand into...
                                                4 November 2020

                                                UNCTAD – Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy Key Points

                                                  The Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on E-commerce and the Digital Economy is a key forum for governments to discuss the development implications of the...
                                                  3 November 2020

                                                  Commonwealth and UN Technology Bank join forces to support least developed countries

                                                    The Commonwealth and UN Technology Bank have formed a new partnership to support least developed countries (LDCs) through technology transfer, capacity building and knowledge sharing....
                                                    2 November 2020

                                                    eTrade for Women eMasterclass for South-East Asia – Summary Report

                                                    eTrade for Women held its first eMasterclass for South-East Asia on 1, 8 and 15 October 2020. The eMasterclass was organized by UNCTAD with the...
                                                    2 November 2020

                                                    Pitch to win USD $5,000 at AfricArena #FastTrackTech Africa Challenge

                                                      The #FastTrackTech Project and AfricArena partner to grant best early stage tech startups from Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia a total...
                                                      1 November 2020

                                                      World Bank Replay: Closing the Digital Divide

                                                      Digital technologies have become vital. In times of crisis, from natural disasters to pandemics, digital connectivity is what is keeping people, governments and businesses connected....
                                                      30 October 2020

                                                      UNCTAD – Changing the face of Uganda’s Startup Landscape: The Startup Uganda Story

                                                        “To me the greatest success is the shift in human relations between us as members as we have slowly opened up to each other more,...
                                                        28 October 2020

                                                        Year-long leaps in months: Five takeaways from ITU Virtual Digital World 2020’s Ministerial Roundtables

                                                          Despite being a formidable challenge, the global pandemic presents an enormous opportunity for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.   The invaluable role of...
                                                          26 October 2020

                                                          UNCDF – Innovate4Agriculture: Connecting start-ups and agri-businesses in Uganda to deliver digital solutions for smallholder farmers

                                                            Digital innovation in agriculture, a sector that employs more than 70 percent of Uganda’s population, presents an opportunity for enhanced productivity, resilience- building, market access...
                                                            23 October 2020

                                                            WTO – Negotiations on e-commerce continue, eyeing a consolidated text by the end of the year

                                                              WTO members participating in the negotiation of rules on e-commerce shared updates on the work done to streamline the negotiating text at a plenary meeting...
                                                              21 October 2020

                                                              ITC – New trade information website for business resilience

                                                                Today Myantrade launches its new corporate website with upgraded functions and enriched contents. The new site is a critical information resource for small businesses interested in internationalizing,...
                                                                20 October 2020

                                                                UNECE mobilizes experts to explore how the platform economy could boost countries’ sustainable and circular transition

                                                                  Digital platforms have the potential to transform society fundamentally – creating new opportunities for economic growth and unlocking benefits in terms of poverty reduction on...
                                                                  20 October 2020

                                                                  UNCTAD – Myanmar shows great e-commerce promise in COVID-19 response

                                                                    UNCTAD helps the southeast Asian nation develop a strategy to build on e-commerce growth in sectors such as food delivery, online retail and mobile payments....
                                                                    19 October 2020

                                                                    ITC – New report: Building bridges to new e-commerce markets

                                                                      Creating a registered company abroad helps firms in developing countries to overcome common challenges, a new ITC report says.   Small firms in developing countries...
                                                                      16 October 2020

                                                                      Closing the digital gap to end poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

                                                                        The digital economy, connectivity and the possibilities offered by remote work have emerged as a shelter from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for...
                                                                        15 October 2020

                                                                        Information Sharing Communities for Digitally Enabled Supply Chain Visibility

                                                                          Supply chain operations can be complex. Especially where multi-modal transport is necessary, and where dynamic decision making is required for the routing of goods in-transit....
                                                                          15 October 2020

                                                                          Digital Buying Guide sets benchmark for next-generation procurement

                                                                            A Digital Buying Guide launched today at the OECD E-Leaders Forum aims to make public procurement fair, open and transparent.   The step-by-step guide will help the public sector...
                                                                            15 October 2020

                                                                            AfCFTA: North African Representatives Call for Accelerated Negotiations on E-Commerce

                                                                              The ECA Office for North Africa held on Wednesday 14 October 2020 a webinar on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the mitigation...
                                                                              15 October 2020

                                                                              UNCTAD – Countries focus on protecting consumers amid and after COVID-19

                                                                                Stakeholders gather to share experiences and exchange information to advance the welfare of consumers in open markets.   Countries have taken various steps to protect...
                                                                                15 October 2020

                                                                                UPU – Last mile dominates discussions on third day of the Parcel and Post Expo 2020

                                                                                  The days of businesses setting the terms for customers may be at an end, and Posts who align their businesses in a customer-centric way will...
                                                                                  15 October 2020

                                                                                  UNCTAD – Information Sharing Communities for Digitally Enabled Supply Chain Visibility

                                                                                    Supply chain operations can be complex. Especially where multi-modal transport is necessary, and where dynamic decision making is required for the routing of goods in-transit....
                                                                                    15 October 2020

                                                                                    IDB – The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, a milestone in trade negotiations

                                                                                      The future of international trade negotiations is already here. It’s called the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement and was recently signed by three countries, including Chile....
                                                                                      15 October 2020

                                                                                      IDB – Digital exclusion: an obstacle that hinders rural women’s work

                                                                                      IN 17 OF THE 23 LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES ANALYZED, THE NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO REPORT OWNING A MOBILE PHONE IS LOWER COMPARED TO...
                                                                                      13 October 2020

                                                                                      Digital Skills Insights: ITU drives skills debate to help ensure that existing inequalities are not exacerbated, and everyone can profit fully from the benefits of digital transformation

                                                                                      New insights call for an urgent need to develop the global skills needed to address new risks, new jobs and new technologies.   The International...
                                                                                      13 October 2020

                                                                                      ITU – Here’s how we can meet the global need for digital skills development

                                                                                        More than ever, COVID-19 has thrown the need for digital skills and capacities into stark relief around the world. The newly published Digital Skills Insights 2020 report...
                                                                                        9 October 2020

                                                                                        Digital government at the heart of Vietnam’s national strategy – and online at ITU Virtual Digital World 2020

                                                                                          Leading by example, Vietnam’s administration is prioritizing e-government as a central pillar of its ambitious national digital transformation strategy to increase digital infrastructure, solutions and...
                                                                                          9 October 2020

                                                                                          ITU – Digital government at the heart of Vietnam’s national strategy – and online at ITU Virtual Digital World 2020

                                                                                            Leading by example, Vietnam’s administration is prioritizing e-government as a central pillar of its ambitious national digital transformation strategy to increase digital infrastructure, solutions and...
                                                                                            9 October 2020

                                                                                            World Bank Supports Digital Connectivity in Haiti to Build Resilience

                                                                                              The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$60 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Haiti Digital Acceleration Project. This...
                                                                                              8 October 2020

                                                                                              UNCTAD – Tourism and Digitalization in the Decade of Action

                                                                                                By adopting the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, the Member States of the United Nations pledged to “leave no one behind” in the...
                                                                                                7 October 2020

                                                                                                EIF – Following week of trade discussions, 4 takeaways for LDCs

                                                                                                  With digital conference covering the major topics in global trade, what matters for the world’s poorest countries? As 2020 continues its turmoil, the global trade...
                                                                                                  7 October 2020

                                                                                                  World Bank – In a world of shocks, going digital would help the Philippines

                                                                                                      Source : https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/infographic/2020/10/07/in-a-world-of-shocks-going-digital-would-help-the-philippines  
                                                                                                    6 October 2020

                                                                                                    UNIDO – Digitalization of MSMEs needs broad support package

                                                                                                      Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Europe and Central Asia need an integrated package of financial and non-financial instruments to help them adapt to...
                                                                                                      6 October 2020

                                                                                                      ECA, Smart Africa & Future State launch Africa Data Leadership Initiative

                                                                                                        The Economic Commission for Africa raised the flag on data governance Tuesday by jointly launching the Africa Data Leadership Initiative (ADLI) with Future State and...
                                                                                                        5 October 2020

                                                                                                        World Bank – Harnessing Digital Technologies Can Help Philippines Overcome Impact of Pandemic, Hasten Recovery

                                                                                                          Rapid adoption of digital technologies can help the Philippines overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, recover from the crisis, and achieve its vision of...
                                                                                                          5 October 2020

                                                                                                          World Bank – Harnessing Digital Technologies Can Help Philippines Overcome Impact of Pandemic, Hasten Recovery

                                                                                                            Rapid adoption of digital technologies can help the Philippines overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, recover from the crisis, and achieve its vision of...
                                                                                                            5 October 2020

                                                                                                            IDB LAB Promotes Digital and Financial Integration for the Region’s Unbanked in the Post-Covid19 Economy

                                                                                                              IDB Lab, the Inter-American Development Bank innovation lab, will improve the ability of the unbanked consumers across Latin America and the Caribbean to access digital...
                                                                                                              3 October 2020

                                                                                                              Women’s World Banking and UNCDF Launch Strategic Partnership to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Emerging Markets and Least Developed Countries

                                                                                                              Partnership aims to accelerate access to, and usage of, digital financial tools, services and enabling technologies to help low-income women build economic resilience   Women’s...
                                                                                                              1 October 2020

                                                                                                              Commonwealth countries look to unlock potential of FinTech

                                                                                                                An innovative toolkit to help countries unlock the potential of financial technology to deliver inclusive economic progress has been launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat.  ...
                                                                                                                1 October 2020

                                                                                                                ILO – Online shops help entrepreneurs with disabilities meet COVID challenges

                                                                                                                  As COVID-19 reshapes the world of work, ILO is helping vulnerable people in Indonesia to stay competitive and improve their livelihoods. JAKARTA, Indonesia (ILO News)...
                                                                                                                  1 October 2020

                                                                                                                  African Development Bank partners with government and Microsoft to launch Digital Nigeria eLearning Platform

                                                                                                                    The African Development Bank, the government of Nigeria and Microsoft on Monday launched the Digital Nigeria eLearning Platform, to provide marketable digital skills to the country’s youth....
                                                                                                                    28 September 2020

                                                                                                                    UNCDF Webinar – Digitizing Payments in the Time of COVID-19

                                                                                                                      Fast-tracking digital payments in countries deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will be essential to supporting vulnerable populations and frontline health workers who drive the...
                                                                                                                      27 September 2020

                                                                                                                      WEF – 3 Ways Blockchain can Accelerate Sustainable Development

                                                                                                                        There are a number of opportunities for blockchain technology to re-cast conventional approaches to sustainable development – and accelerate progress if deployed responsibly. There are...
                                                                                                                        25 September 2020

                                                                                                                        ESCWA – Launch of UN 2020 e-Government Survey in Arabic

                                                                                                                          To inform policies and strategies on digital government in the Arab region, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, the United Nations Economic Commission for Western...
                                                                                                                          24 September 2020

                                                                                                                          ECLAC – Digital Transformation Key to Recovery and Building Back Better

                                                                                                                            ECLAC, the OECD Development Centre, CAF and the European Union launched the publication Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO) 2020.   Digital transformation can help Latin...
                                                                                                                            24 September 2020

                                                                                                                            WIPO Launches New Free Database of Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property from Around the World

                                                                                                                              The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched WIPO Lex-Judgments, a new database providing free-of-charge access to leading judicial decisions related to IP law from around...
                                                                                                                              23 September 2020

                                                                                                                              UNCDF – Women’s financial inclusion: Good policy is not enough

                                                                                                                              We need trust, fairness, and to include women in decision-making.   Anyone with a mobile phone understands the potential of digital services at your fingertips....
                                                                                                                              23 September 2020

                                                                                                                              New WTO working group established to deepen trade and gender discussions

                                                                                                                              A group of WTO members agreed to establish an Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender on 23 September, marking the next phase of an...
                                                                                                                              22 September 2020

                                                                                                                              WEF – This Pacific island is working towards a digital revolution

                                                                                                                                The Papua New Guinean economy is held back by limited digital communication infrastructure. Remote rural areas suffer from poor connectivity, while fixed and mobile internet...
                                                                                                                                20 September 2020

                                                                                                                                WIPO – Watch the recorded Conference on the Global Digital Content Market 2020

                                                                                                                                  A selection of videos on the third edition of the WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market. Taking place from September 16-18, 2020, this...
                                                                                                                                  20 September 2020

                                                                                                                                  UNCTAD – The digital economy is a cornerstone of sustainable development

                                                                                                                                    Digital technologies and the digital economy are now central to the way we work, conduct business, perform international trade and engage our world as individuals...
                                                                                                                                    17 September 2020

                                                                                                                                    ITU study estimates US$ 428 billion are needed to connect the remaining 3 billion people to the Internet by 2030

                                                                                                                                      Connecting Humanity examines the necessary global and regional investments to achieve universal, affordable broadband connectivity for people aged 10 and above The International Telecommunication Union...
                                                                                                                                      17 September 2020

                                                                                                                                      UNECE – Eight UN organizations stress critical role of international transport and integrated supply chains for COVID-19 recovery and the SDGs

                                                                                                                                        The social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   The...
                                                                                                                                        16 September 2020

                                                                                                                                        WIPO Director General Gurry and Colombia President Duque Open “WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market”

                                                                                                                                          World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry joined Colombia President Iván Duque in opening the three-day, virtual "WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market,"...
                                                                                                                                          11 September 2020

                                                                                                                                          FinTech4U Accelerator – Solving Challenges for Zambians

                                                                                                                                            https://youtu.be/hmfDdBu6Nvo In Zambia, fintechs develop and deliver solutions across many sectors to help Zambians access products and services that improve their lives or provide their...
                                                                                                                                            11 September 2020

                                                                                                                                            ITC releases French version of its SheTrades platform

                                                                                                                                            French speakers are now able to access all functionalities on SheTrades.com to help them grow their businesses by ITC News The International Trade Centre's SheTrades...
                                                                                                                                            9 September 2020

                                                                                                                                            UNCDF – Women entrepreneurs and Artificial Intelligence in Anhui, China

                                                                                                                                            Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming many spheres of human activity and financial services is no exception. In one of the lesser developed regions of China, Xin’An...
                                                                                                                                            8 September 2020

                                                                                                                                            The WCO holds its first Accreditation Workshop on E-Commerce

                                                                                                                                              A Global On-line Accreditation Workshop for English-speaking experts on E-Commerce was held from 31 August to 7 September 2020 via the CLiKC! platform of the...
                                                                                                                                              7 September 2020

                                                                                                                                              WEF – Which countries are making the most progress in digital competitiveness?

                                                                                                                                                A new report analyses how countries have developed their digital competitiveness in the last three years. The top 'Digital Risers' around the world have invested...
                                                                                                                                                7 September 2020

                                                                                                                                                ITU and EIF join forces to reduce the digital gender divide in Burundi, Ethiopia and Haiti

                                                                                                                                                The joint initiative seeks to leverage tech as a driver of entrepreneurial support for women The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework...
                                                                                                                                                4 September 2020

                                                                                                                                                AfDB – Rebuilding the African fashion industry in the (post) COVID-19 era: thinking digital and circular solutions

                                                                                                                                                  The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on global value chains and its impact on African businesses is already evident. As factories close their doors and...
                                                                                                                                                  2 September 2020

                                                                                                                                                  UPU- The clock is ticking on electronic advance data for trade and ecommerce in LDCs

                                                                                                                                                    Urgent digital transformation is needed to create safe and secure cross border ecommerce customs clearance in the world’s poorest countries. Over the last few months,...
                                                                                                                                                    2 September 2020

                                                                                                                                                    WIPO – GII 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic’s Expected Impact on Global Innovation

                                                                                                                                                      The COVID-19 pandemic is severely pressuring a long-building rise in worldwide innovation, likely hindering some innovative activities while catalyzing ingenuity elsewhere, notably in the health...
                                                                                                                                                      1 September 2020

                                                                                                                                                      ICAO, UPU, urge national commitments and support for postal, air cargo, and express mail operators

                                                                                                                                                        Montréal, 1 September 2020 – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) released a joint statement today encouraging national governments to support...
                                                                                                                                                        1 September 2020

                                                                                                                                                        ITC – Africa’s Tech Hubs are crucial in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

                                                                                                                                                          Tech hubs in Africa play an important role in driving economic growth and development by supporting tech start-ups from the ideation stage through the investor...
                                                                                                                                                          31 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Maritime Informatics: an emerging discipline for a digitally connected efficient, sustainable and resilient industry

                                                                                                                                                            The maritime industry recognises there is a need for smarter collaboration to enhance operations, satisfy clients’ expectation of transparency and predictability and respond to societal...
                                                                                                                                                            27 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                            ESCAP – Accelerating Digital Connectivity and Leveraging Innovation

                                                                                                                                                              Eminent development thinkers, innovative leaders and senior government officials came together on 19 August for a dialogue on how the Asia-Pacific region can accelerate digital...
                                                                                                                                                              26 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                              UPU’s eCom API provides a cutting-edge IT solution to facilitate e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                The UPU’s Doha Postal Strategy (2013-2016) and Istanbul Postal Strategy (2017-2020) have mandated the UPU to support the development of global e-commerce through its postal...
                                                                                                                                                                26 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                ILO – Digital channels improve access to employment support

                                                                                                                                                                  A new ILO policy brief shows how public employment services are using technology to increase the help available to people whose jobs have been affected...
                                                                                                                                                                  25 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – Tracking global ICT development with data

                                                                                                                                                                    New and updated ITU handbook and manual Around the world, policymakers and decision-makers rely on ITU to provide critical ICT data to inform their digital...
                                                                                                                                                                    25 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                    World Bank – 5 things MENA countries can do to design better digital skills development programs

                                                                                                                                                                      The MENA labor market has so far been unable to address its enormous digital skills gap which undermines the region’s potential for digital growth. Digital skills,...
                                                                                                                                                                      25 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                      ITC Story: Young business owners find new strategies to deal with the pandemic, survey reveals

                                                                                                                                                                        TC survey shows how COVID-19 is forcing enterprises run by young people in developing countries to think on their feet The COVID-19 pandemic has left...
                                                                                                                                                                        20 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                        CUTS – National Workshop on Electronic Commerce: Lao PDR

                                                                                                                                                                          This workshop organised under the TAF2+ WTO Umbrella Grant convened key stakeholders of e-commerce in Lao PDR, mainly drawn from the government, to review progress...
                                                                                                                                                                          20 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                          World Bank – Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative invests in over 15,000 women-led businesses amidst COVID-19 crisis

                                                                                                                                                                          The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) announced today its third funding allocation comprising $49.3 Million – expected to benefit over 15,000 women-led businesses and mobilize about $350...
                                                                                                                                                                          14 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                          Inclusive and Trusted Digital ID Can Unlock Opportunities for the World’s Most Vulnerable

                                                                                                                                                                            Juan and his family fled their home during Peru’s 1995 insurgency. Like many other Peruvians, they left behind all of their possessions, including their IDs...
                                                                                                                                                                            14 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                            The African Development Bank and partners’ digital Coding For Employment program

                                                                                                                                                                              With the passing of UN International Youth Day this week, we take a look at a bold initiative for Africa’s youth bulge Martha Oyanta Daniel-...
                                                                                                                                                                              6 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                              World Bank – Beyond the Pandemic: Harnessing the Digital Revolution to Set Food Systems on a Better Course

                                                                                                                                                                                One of the most striking images of the coronavirus pandemic is the contrast between farmers dumping milk, smashing eggs, and plowing vegetables back into the...
                                                                                                                                                                                5 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                UPU – China’s postal industry booms despite COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                  While supply-chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have left global postal volumes reeling, China’s postal business has grown in the first five months of...
                                                                                                                                                                                  4 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – Virtual roundtable discussion explores transformation for digital economies in Asia-Pacific

                                                                                                                                                                                    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in the Asia-Pacific region are forging ahead with their respective digital transformations. While this process and its policy environment may...
                                                                                                                                                                                    4 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCDF – Les Debuts de la Digitalisation des Paiements dans la Chaine de Valeur Riz au Benin – La Monnaie Digitale

                                                                                                                                                                                      Lorsque nous avons rencontrés les producteurs de riz au Bénin en octobre 2019, ils ne s’imaginaient pas qu’ils seraient en mesure quelques mois plus tard,...
                                                                                                                                                                                      4 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                      WEF – COVID-19: Why we must take the widescreen view of workforce uncertainty

                                                                                                                                                                                      Digital dexterity' is at a premium during the current crisis. A worse-case scenario is that the digital divide could widen. Corporations, SMEs and individuals can...
                                                                                                                                                                                      3 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                      World Bank – How can digital financial services help a world coping with COVID-19?

                                                                                                                                                                                      The global economy will likely contract by over 5 percent in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, according to the recently released Global Economic Prospects....
                                                                                                                                                                                      3 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                      ITU – Why we’re joining forces with ITU for affordable broadband

                                                                                                                                                                                        We are delighted with the opportunity to join forces with ITU to help provide more affordable internet access to the world’s 3.6 billion unconnected. My...
                                                                                                                                                                                        3 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                        IDB – WeXchange launches Annual Competition for Women Entrepreneurs in STEM

                                                                                                                                                                                          THE WEXCHANGE WOMEN STEMPRENEURS COMPETITION, FOR HIGH-GROWTH WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN STEM IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, WILL BE RECEIVING APPLICATIONS UNTIL AUGUST 23. IDB...
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                          IDB – WeXchange launches Annual Competition for Women Entrepreneurs in STEM

                                                                                                                                                                                          THE WEXCHANGE WOMEN STEMPRENEURS COMPETITION, FOR HIGH-GROWTH WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN STEM IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, WILL BE RECEIVING APPLICATIONS UNTIL AUGUST 23. IDB...
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                          AfDB – Sashaying to success: Fashionomics Africa helps designers embrace the digital age

                                                                                                                                                                                            From a new digital marketplace to connect Africa’s creatives with global markets, to masterclasses to help designers share and learn, and webinars to inform and...
                                                                                                                                                                                            31 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                            EIF – Blockchain and LDC trade during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                              The macroeconomic context for developing country trade in the time of COVID-19 With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in a deeply interconnected global economy,...
                                                                                                                                                                                              31 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                              CUTS – National study on e-Commerce will better position Guyana to tap into int’l markets – Greenidge

                                                                                                                                                                                                FOREIGN Secretary, Carl Greenidge, on Thursday, stressed the need for the digital divide in Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) to be bridged in countries like Guyana which...
                                                                                                                                                                                                30 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                WWEF – COVID-19 could widen the digital gap. Here’s what’s needed now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The COVID-19 global pandemic has led to a new reliance on digital infrastructure and connectivity. Now, more than ever, it is essential that governments and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  30 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                  WTO members stress role of IP system in fighting COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                    At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 30 July 2020, WTO members highlighted the merit of the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    30 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Bank – Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Women’s Equality

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Story Highlights New trends in global trade—especially the rise in services, global value chains, and the digital economy—are opening up important economic opportunities for women....
                                                                                                                                                                                                    29 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITU – How can ICT regulators respond to COVID-19? 5 key findings from new GSR paper

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shortly after the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns across most parts of the world, ITU raced to launch the Global Network Resiliency Platform (#REG4COVID) in March 2020....
                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                      EIF – Making it faster and easier for South Asian women to take businesses online

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recently launched ecommerce training program and portal will help hundreds of women entrepreneurs in South Asian LDCs become part of regional and global supply chains....
                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITC releases Spanish version of its SheTrades platform

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The International Trade Centre today announced the release of the Spanish-language online platform of its SheTrades initiative. While having been active in Spanish-speaking countries for...
                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITU – How can ICT regulators respond to COVID-19? 5 key findings from new GSR paper

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shortly after the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns across most parts of the world, ITU raced to launch the Global Network Resiliency Platform (#REG4COVID) in March 2020....
                                                                                                                                                                                                        28 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNCDF – Driving Digital Transformation in LDCs

                                                                                                                                                                                                          On June 24, UNCDF held a webinar on Driving Digital Transformation in least developed countries (LDCs). The webinar was held in the context of the current COVID-19...
                                                                                                                                                                                                          28 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Ugandan e-commerce platforms power recovery from COVID-19 crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Partnerships with development agencies and government efforts to boost the digital economy are helping soften the economic blow of the pandemic.   David Akanshumbusha sells...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            28 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Story: Standing tall on thin ice: Enabling entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan to benefit from e-commerce during COVID-19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to collect payments online from local and international clients? How to optimize logistics, marketing and presence on the web? These are only a few...
                                                                                                                                                                                                              28 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Society – How Community Networks Are Helping during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In July 2020, the Internet Society organized the webinar “How Community Networks are helping during COVID-19.”   We are halfway through this unprecedented year in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                27 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Leveraging ICTs to build back greener after COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While COVID-19 has disrupted many societal behaviour patterns worldwide, some new, post-pandemic behavioural trends just might be worth keeping if we want to build back...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  27 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCDF Partners with a Digital Platform to Link Farmers to Financial and Agricultural Products and Services in Tanzania

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At the start of each new planting season, smallholder farmers need seeds and fertilizers, however, the purchase of inputs is costly and risky.   Farmers...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WEF – 4 key trends on how COVID has impacted women in business

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recent surveys highlight the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on businesses owned by women. One of the surveys identified four key trends among female-owned businesses in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Bank – More listening and more action: How conversations with private sector partners are helping shape IFC’s COVID response strategy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As we continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities and economies, it’s also critical to explore ways we can...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      24 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITU – How Saudi Arabia is deploying ICTs against COVID-19 – and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on people, systems, economies, and governments around the world.   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        24 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ESCAP – Call for Research Proposals: Evidence-based Financial Solutions for Women Entrepreneurs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Deadline to submit applications: 31 August 2020, 23:59 ICT Application Calendar Posting date: 24/7/2020 Deadline to submit questions: 21/08/2020 Final deadline for applications: 31/08/2020 23:59 ICT...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        24 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITU – How digital currency could unify banking systems

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Imagine a world where you could transfer money to friends or family anywhere in the world, in a matter of seconds. Current systems can take...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          24 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Sweden and Korea fund e-commerce work to speed economic recovery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Support will allow UNCTAD to identify good practices and recommend policies to help developing countries better rebuild their economies following the COVID-19 crisis. Sweden and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            24 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Internet Society Report Highlights Opportunity to Advance Digital Economy in Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Exchange Points play critical role in expanding Internet access and lowering connectivity costs in Kenya and Nigeria   A new report published today by...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Society – A (Fairly) Non-Technical Guide to Routing Security Basics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the MANRS website, we write about routing security. We dig into the details of technical problems, research the origins of route leaks and hijacks, analyze...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How ITU is building trust in digital currency

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *The text below is an adapted version of my opening remarks yesterday at the first meeting of the new Digital Currency Global Initiative, a partnership of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – Welcoming the next phase of innovation in digital currency

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Digital transactions are changing the way we view payment systems and systems for financial intermediation. Payment systems are evolving. But more fundamentally, money is evolving....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WEF – Here are 3 ways businesses can survive and thrive through COVID-19 and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Organizational agility was once desirable, but is now central to business survival. Digitalization should not be seen as an acceptable solution to a problem, but...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      22 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITU – How we can build a stronger digital economy, together

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *The following article is adapted from my remarks at today’s G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting. Let me begin by thanking His Excellency H.E. Eng. Abdullah...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The world is increasingly going digital but much still need to be done on the continent to increase internet penetration. According to the International Telecommunication...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          18 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITU – Technology for Good: #6 Connecting the World

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Telecommunications and ICT infrastructure and connectivity is vital now more than ever for the sake of not only all our health but also the health...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            17 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITU – Papua New Guinea rolls out 2020 Digital Transformation Centre training plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (PNGUoT), one of three ITU Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) in the Asia-Pacific region, started rolling out its training...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WEF – 3 ways digital businesses can enable the Great Reset

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed moment for the digital transformation of business; Updating business models for a digital-first world, led by purpose, is now...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Expanding E-government in Europe and Central Asia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  E-government has a key role to play in achieving the SDGs. Governments in the UNECE region are using tools like ICTs, big data, artificial intelligence...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNECE – Using ICTs with a gender lens in small businesses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ICTs are a powerful tool to alleviate barriers faced by women entrepreneurs.   The impact of the COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed on doing business...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNIDO promotes global investment and technology cooperation at the 2020 World Artificial Intelligence Conference Summit Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Under the theme of "Intelligent Connectivity, Indivisible Community", the 2020 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC 2020) Summit Online has involved over 550 public sector leaders,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCDF – UNCDF Convenes Webinar Series on COVID-19 and Last Mile Finance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The COVID-19 pandemic risks hitting the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) with particular ferocity. In this context, UNCDF is supporting LDCs and other countries in need...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      African Development Bank Regional Economic Outlook 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In West Africa, harnessing the youth workforce could speed economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era Growth in West Africa, poised to expand by 4.0 percent...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        World Bank Provides $100 Million to Help Accelerate Digital Transformation in Niger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a $100 million International Development Association (IDA)* which includes $50 million credit and $50 million grant to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITC – Ten steps to mainstream gender in trade deals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Negotiators can use this new report to lift the participation of women in trade through free trade agreements. It's no secret that mainstreaming gender in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCDF – Women’s Financial Inclusion: The Time Is Now

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For over 25 years working across Africa, we’ve seen that women are disproportionally excluded from essential services, despite their potential as catalysts for socio-economic development....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – The role of the National Trade Facilitation Committees in the global economic recovery following COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The COVID-19 pandemic is a calamity for global trade. UNCTAD forecasts that merchandise trade will fall by 20% in 2020 and by 27% during the second quarter...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            E-Residency – FAQs about Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Estonia has launched its long-awaited Digital Nomad Visa. E-Residency Managing Director Ott Vatter said in his blog article today about the DNV: “This is great news for location-independent...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ILO – Call for abstracts: Technology and the transition from informal to formal economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) invite researchers to submit proposals for innovative research...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNIDO – “More than 95% of capital investment in the world is invested by men in men”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amel Saidane is a Tunisian entrepreneur and a digital transformation expert. She is also the President of Tunisian Start-ups, and member of the BMW Foundation Responsible...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNECE – Transformative technologies to support UNECE member States in the post-COVID-19 ‎economic recovery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In this time of economic slowdown, border closures and unemployment caused by COVID-19, transformative technologies can offer solutions to the public and private sectors in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Partnership for inclusive e-commerce gains more support

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The eTrade for all initiative has been further strengthened, with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Labour Organization joining the partnership.   COVID-19 has irreversibly...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCTAD – Equipping East African women digital entrepreneurs to thrive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Masterclass seeks to empower and build the skills of women digital entrepreneurs in East Africa as well as explore opportunities amid the COVID-19 crisis.  ...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DiPLO – Report: ‘Navigating Geneva’s Digital Policy Landscape’ online conference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most Geneva-based institutions and organisations are now tackling digital aspects as part of their work. The Geneva digital policy landscape has therefore become richer and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WCO Secretariat issues a Note on Support to SMEs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In recognition of the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Day marked on 27 June, the WCO Secretariat issued a Secretariat Note on Support to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 July 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WTO – Members discuss challenges and opportunities of online services trade amid COVID-19 crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At a meeting of the Council for Trade in Services on 1 July, WTO members discussed their efforts to increase the digital capabilities of businesses...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        30 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WIPO – Intellectual property, innovation, access and COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The main challenge at the present time is not access to vaccines, treatments or cures for COVID-19, but the absence of any approved vaccines, treatments or cures...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          30 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITC – Uganda tech entrepreneurs turn problems into solutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Entrepreneurs David Opio and David Matsiko, looking out across the wealth of Uganda’s fresh produce and abundant sunshine, have used their tech savvy to turn...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITU – An International Centre of Digital Innovation for Geneva, Switzerland and the world

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU and TRA sign agreement to establish a new centre for digital innovation and transformation   The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              26 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WTO, UNCTAD, ITC chiefs announce rollout of revamped trade data tool for small businesses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The heads of the WTO, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) announced on 26 June the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITC – Global Trade Helpdesk provides upgraded trade intelligence to MSMEs, supports inclusive post-pandemic recovery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITC has teamed up with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to unveil a comprehensive trade...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  26 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCDF – Reaching the Last Mile: The Foundation for Growth of Uganda’s Digital Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While there is no doubt about the continuing growth of Uganda’s digital economy, there is still room for a fast-tracked and more inclusive digital growth....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    25 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tralac – An Agenda for the AfCFTA Protocol on E-Commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    E-commerce has been included in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) through a decision of the African Union Heads of State and Government Assembly...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Internet Society – Open Call To The Next Generation of Internet Leaders – Apply for the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has disrupted our world and it’s a crucial time for the Internet. We are facing issues related to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      23 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNECA – Over 600 million mobile subscribers in Africa to benefit from first-of-its-kind digital health platform

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “With this platform, we have the possibility of reaching between 600 million and 800 million mobile subscribers in Africa,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        23 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITU – Africa is at the AI innovation table and ‘ready for the next wave’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Africa is on the rise.   Mobile and Internet penetration continue to rise, according to the latest ITU data. The continent’s entrepreneurs are taking advantage of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          22 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Commonwealth Secretariat partners with Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to offer fintech training to member states

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Commonwealth has launched a new Financial Technology, or fintech, programme to boost governments’ capacity and knowledge of the industry. Online fintech courses The move...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            22 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UNCTAD – The intricacies, impact and opportunities of e-commerce for trade and development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The world is increasingly going digital. This creates both opportunities and challenges, calling for changes to existing policies and adoption of new policies in many...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ADB – How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rwanda is renowned as a pioneer for gender equality. In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCDF – COVID-19 changing the landscape for migrants and remittances

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The pandemic’s effect on the flow of global remittances sent by migrants back home to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is projected to be one...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                18 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WEF – 5 ways to advance digital trade in the post-COVID world

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies and services, which have kept trade flowing even as movement has been restricted. This has...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  18 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITC – Fresh food producers from Africa and Eastern Europe take part in innovative virtual trade fair

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITC supported dozens of companies to participate in 2020’s entirely virtual United Fresh LIVE! trade fair   Dozens of fresh produce companies trading in everything...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ADB – The relevance of digital skills in the COVID-19 era

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed how the world functions, illustrating the limitations of many existing systems and highlighting the need to reimagine the role...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNCTAD – Advancing the digitalization of trade with partnerships: National Trade Facilitation Committees as a platform for policy modernization

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A country’s international logistics performance is dependent on the extent and modernity of its trade facilitation reform (World Bank, 2018). An institutional obligation for members...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UPU – Remittances: A lifeline that must not be severed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Globally hundreds of millions of people rely on the money sent home by migrants working abroad. Many of these families live in rural areas where...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          16 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCDF launches a crowd funding platform for young Gambian entrepreneurs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the consortium of Mobi-Changa, ThundaFund and Thunda Africa (on the 4th of June) announced their partnership to develop and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            16 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DiPLO – Digital Roadmap: The realistic acceleration of digital cooperation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, presented on 11 June, comes at the time when the world is trying to grasp the tectonic economic, political,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            15 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WEF – Building a Roadmap for Cross Border Data Flows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please click here to view the recording of the Launch Event for A Roadmap for Cross-Border Data Flows in the post COVID-19 Era, on Tuesday, 10 June 2020. Password...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD – Cambodia’s digital startups help blunt economic impact of COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                An uptick in business, especially in the delivery of food and essential items, is enhancing resilience in the wake of the crisis.   Business is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                15 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCTAD – Decade of digitalization needed to drive development for all

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In a new dialogue series, 30 international agencies map out their vision for digitalization that truly supports sustainable development.   Digital transformation over the past...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  World Bank -Enhancing digital capabilities in a post-COVID-19 world

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The ongoing pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of digital technologies. While private sector firms consider digital capabilities as a core driver of competitiveness, this...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITC – ecomConnect Day on the future of e-commerce held by the International Trade Centre and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa last 4 June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Policymakers and business leaders reviewd the implications for e-commerce in Africa and beyond; workshops addressed COVID-19 challenges   The International Trade Centre (ITC) held its...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – COVID-19: Navigating the crisis with digital cooperation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technologies have emerged as the critical enabler, facilitating continuity in our regular lives and connecting people more than ever...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WCO – Eswatini Revenue Authority embarks on an electronic tariff project

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Electronic tariff (e-tariff) platforms are gathering momentum across the world and there is a growing recognition that these instruments offer massive benefits both for Customs...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNECA – COVID-19: Africa in urgent need of affordable broadband internet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The director of Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Jean-Paul Adam, told journalists during a virtual press...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITC – E-learning is the way to go during COVID-19: Innovative ways of learning prove to be asset for entrepreneurs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mahfuzul, an aspiring entrepreneur from Bangladesh, has no doubt that he will be able to turn his dream of running his own business into reality....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Space and the profusion of data – the new development frontier?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Space is not just for astronauts. It’s the next frontier for tackling humanity’s most intractable problems such as food security, climate change and social inequality,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Internet Society – SCILLS Grants open for applications

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our Strengthening Communities/Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) grant programme aims to expand economic growth, improve health outcomes and increase educational opportunities by supporting individuals and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD – UN to explore role of science and technology policies in COVID-19 recovery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Science, technology and innovation (STI) policies will play a key role not only in post-COVID-19 recovery plans, but also in the decade of action to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                World Bank – Closing the Digital Gender Gap: Why Now Should Have Been Yesterday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why did we have to wait for a pandemic of this magnitude to realize that digital access should be universal? Why do people tend to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCDF – Expression Of Interest: The Gambia Fintech Challenge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCITRAL – Bahrain accedes to the UN Electronic Communications Convention

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bahrain has acceded to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (2005) (the "Electronic Communications Convention"). With its accession...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WEF – 4 key steps to support cross-border payments and digital trade growth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Addressing challenges to cross border payments is critical to preserving the future growth of the digital economy. Modernized trade agreements as well as interoperability and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WCO – Japan supports WCO Project to Build the Capacity of Developing Countries’ Customs Administrations Respond to COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, and the Japanese Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Mr. Makita Shimokawa virtually exchanged Notes...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4 June 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CUTS and UNIDO called for a multilateral regime on data privacy and other aspects of cyber security

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Data privacy among other aspects of cyber security is critical for the future growth of electronic commerce. It is an imperative for the international community...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          28 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – UN seeks to build transport and trade resilience in wake of COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UNCTAD and the five UN regional commissions join forces to help developing countries tackle trade and transport challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.   A new...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            28 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UPU reports record drop in global postal volumes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A new report by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the UN specialized agency for postal matters, titled, “The COVID-19 crisis and the postal sector” shows...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              28 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Internet Society – How Has COVID-19 Impacted Last Mile Networks?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If your household is anything like mine, your Internet connection has experienced a significant increase in usage over these last several months. We’re streaming more...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              27 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCDF and Sida Partnership Looks to Support Last-Mile Digital Inclusion Beyond COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When public transportation is completely halted, it not only puts personal lives on hold. It also puts entire businesses, sectors and value chains on hold...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WEF – 5 principles for effective cybersecurity leadership in a post-COVID world

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  COVID-19 is forcing business leaders to adapt operating models faster than ever before to ensure existential survival. The large-scale adoption of work-from-home technologies, exponentially greater...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  26 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WTO – Members discuss impact of COVID-19 on developing economies’ participation in world trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On 26 May, WTO members assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trading capacity of developing countries in a virtual meeting of the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    22 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITC – Women-owned small business in Central America adopt e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How women entrepreneurs are availing the opportunity to go on-line for doing business in the COVID-19 era Shifting to e-commerce is now crucial for many...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    21 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITU launches new study paper on broadband and connectivity solutions for rural and remote areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rural and remote areas of many countries worldwide continue to be sparsely covered in terms of broadband connectivity.   Major challenges for rural and remote...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNCTAD – How science, technology and innovation can help build resilience to multiple shocks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Five months after the coronavirus disease first emerged, it has reached 216 countries, areas or territories, causing over 318,000 confirmed deaths and more than 4.7 million...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        20 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD – Kiribati sets sights on overcoming hurdles to e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Digital solutions implemented to combat the spread of COVID-19 give fresh impetus to efforts to harness the development gains of ICT and e-commerce.   To...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          19 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITU – Technology for Good: #5 Cybersecurity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            COVID-19 has made the world a more challenging place than ever for many of us, but have all the physical precautions we are taking made...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            19 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WTO – Business leaders stress role of trade and WTO in COVID-19 response

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Senior business representatives from around the world discussed the role of trade policy in tackling the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis at...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU – Digital cooperation during COVID-19: public health, digital responses and human rights

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As countries around the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, digital technologies have played a critical role in global efforts to counter the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                15 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNECA – Electronic trade rekindling sales for African businesses during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Imagine using one second to sell three thousand (3000) bags of a coffee produce which lay fallow hitherto in storehouses in Rwanda for months due to freighting...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  14 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WTO – Record number of concerns about technical barriers to trade raised via online platform

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WTO members used a written procedure to raise a record number of trade concerns at a meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    14 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNECA – COVID-19: Revamping Africa’s telecoms infrastructure crucial for digital health services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Africa’s telecoms infrastructure services need to be revamped if the continent is to effectively deliver digital health services, a new paper from the Economic Commission...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITC – Making B2B e-commerce work for Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Introducing a series of case studies on business-to-business e-commerce opportunities in Africa Expectations are running high in Africa that e-commerce can accelerate economic growth, offer...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        12 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITU – Online safety and security during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cyberthreats are not new, but in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the risks to society, the economy, and to our children, have multiplied...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          11 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITU – Digital technology-led recovery in Asia and the Pacific

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I joined the ITU Regional Office at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In responding to the pandemic and planning recovery, digital technology and connectivity...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HomePublic InformationAll News UNCTAD chief: How to rebuild global economy and trade after COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi discusses how to rejuvenate the global economy and trade in light of the COVID-19 crisis in an interview with Didem Eryar...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WEF – In the digital age, being gender-blind is not an option

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In today’s ultra-connected world, the fact that the mobile gender gap has significantly narrowed is welcome news. Recent research by GSMA shows that in low-and-middle countries, women...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU – How’s how we are seizing the moment to build a better digital future – for all

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Digital platforms have been the hidden hero of the COVID-19 crisis.   Global networks are being taxed to the limit. Operators and platforms are reporting...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD – Tanzania, Malawi prepare to reap benefits of digital economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCTAD has assessed the state of play in the two countries and identified policy actions required to harness e-commerce for development.   Tanzania is well-positioned...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                World Bank – We would like to hear from you: Launching online consultations for World Development Report 2021 – Data for Better Lives Concept Note

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A few months ago, we announced that the topic for the next World Development Report 2021 would be “Data,” and what it means for development. Since then,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EIF – Senegal’s e-commerce sector helps country cope with COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trade ministry fast-tracks measures to ease access to essential goods and services during the pandemic.   As the coronavirus pandemic rages, several brick-and-mortar businesses in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WBG – COVID-19: We’re tracking digital responses worldwide. Here’s what we see

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Digital technologies are vital tools for helping people cope with stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Digital technologies are instrumental...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EIF – In the world’s poorest countries, the move to digitalize trade procedures is needed now more than ever

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paperless trade offers benefits like reduced transaction costs, increased regulatory compliance and more. Least developed countries (LDCs) are lagging behind, with only 45% of LDCs...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CUTS and UNIDO called for a multilateral regime on data privacy and other aspects of cyber security

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Data privacy among other aspects of cyber security is critical for the future growth of electronic commerce. It is an imperative for the international community...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNECE – UN/CEFACT standards key to automate information flows along digital trade and transport ‎corridors in Eastern Europe and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The automation of information flows along digital trade and transport corridors has the potential to strengthen supply chains and help countries deal with the COVID-19...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNIDO – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on e-commerce and its interplay with cybersecurity and privacy in the digital space

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this year, the UNCTAD’s E-commerce Week was conducted over Webex videoconferencing from 27 April-1 May 2020. The conference convened stakeholders...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IATA / UPU Warn of Air Capacity Shortage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) warned that air capacity for postal services is insufficient and urged governments to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WEF – COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs brings together over 40 leading global organizations to coordinate response for social entrepreneurs as they overcome the significant...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WTO report looks at role of e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected e-commerce, including the implications for cross-border trade. It...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 May 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCTAD – Securing access to financial services for vulnerable people during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Managing the COVID-19 health crisis and the economic recovery ahead requires substantial financial resources. In addition to dealing with financial concerns at the macro level,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCTAD – Senegalese e-payment company shows resilience in a time of crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Youma Dieng Fall, co-founder of PayDunya and member of UNCTAD’s eTrade for Women community, shares how the business has adapted to the coronavirus crisis, bouncing...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCTAD – Benin, Mali and Niger eager to tap e-commerce opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD provides capacity-building solutions and urges the three countries to take policy actions to optimize their electronic commerce potential. The coronavirus crisis is boosting e-commerce...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IDB – Business leaders unveil recommendations to face COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD), a mechanism for advancing a public-private dialogue on public policies, today released a series of recommendations that seek to support the governments...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITC – Understanding e-commerce in Africa: Launch of the Africa Marketplace Explorer at UNCTAD eWeek, 29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Opening remarks by Ms. Dorothy Tembo, acting Executive Director, International Trade Centre There will be much that we as a global community, and indeed us...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD – Data and privacy unprotected in one third of countries, despite progress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Major gaps in cyberlaw adoption leave consumers vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis as they access goods and services online. Only 66% of the nations of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Leveraging digital solutions to seize the potential of informal cross-border trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This blog builds on UNCTAD's recent research on female informal cross-border traders in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to explore how mobile money can provide solutions...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITU and partners launch action plan to boost digital connectivity during COVID-19 – and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Digital technologies are having a massive impact during the COVID-19 crisis. Text messaging is saving lives and curbing the spread of the pandemic. Contact tracing...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WBG – Expanding digital financial services can help developing economies cope with crisis now and boost growth later

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For some time, it’s been clear to us at the World Bank that expanding use of digital financial services supports economic development and poverty reduction....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WBG – COVID-19 reinforces the need for connectivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Connectivity is a public good: Let’s act accordingly, now and tomorrow One and a half billion. That’s the number of children who need online schooling...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Estonia’s e-Residency – 10 ways e-residents are adapting their businesses during the crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From the covid pivot to R&D: results from our community survey on the impact of coronavirus   A few weeks ago, e-Residency surveyed you —...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UNCDF – Digitizing Payments in the Time of COVID19 and Beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCDF organized a webinar last Monday to discuss how fast-tracking digital payments at a time of crisis can be crucial in delivering aid and in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              28 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              IDB launches interactive map of suppliers to respond to the COVID-19 emergency

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Inter-American Development Bank, through the ConnectAmericas business platform, launched today an interactive map that allows to quickly locate and find suppliers of goods and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                28 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITC – The e-commerce response to COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How can e-commerce bring economic opportunity to small businesses? Tanglee Seepanthong sells meat, chicken and fish in Khuadin Market, Vientiane in the Lao People's Democratic...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                28 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WEF – Blockchain to tackle supply chain failures exposed by COVID-19 and boost economic recovery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The pressure created by the COVID-19 outbreak on global trade systems highlights an urgent need for global cooperation to maintain and strengthen the resilience of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  28 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCDF – Managing COVID-19: Could the coronavirus spur automation and reverse globalization?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Automation and reshoring mitigate the risks firms face in the event of a pandemic or other shocks. Industrial policies that aim to strengthen a country’s...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD – Global e-commerce hits $25.6 trillion – latest UNCTAD estimates

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      US, China and UK dominate e-commerce sales to consumers, with more than 1.4 billion people shopping online in 2018. E-commerce sales hit $25.6 trillion globally...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      27 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITC launches unique tool to understand e-commerce in Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although e-commerce is growing in Africa, information for entrepreneurs is scarce. But a new tool from ITC offers data and analysis on this burgeoning sector....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        27 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WEF – 10 technology trends to watch in the COVID-19 pandemic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          During the COVID-19 pandemic, technologies are playing a crucial role in keeping our society functional in a time of lockdowns and quarantines. And these technologies...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          24 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCDF – Financial Innovation Gig Economy Challenge Launch: Driving Financial Health for Gig Workers April 24, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            APEC Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) launched the Financial Innovation Gig...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            24 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UNCTAD – Senegal’s e-commerce sector helps country cope with COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trade ministry fast-tracks measures to ease access to essential goods and services during the pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic rages, several brick-and-mortar businesses in Senegal...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UPU – Mail delivery in the time of Coronavirus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With more than 1.2 billion people estimated to be in lockdown with the closure of schools and non-essential shops, COVID-19 – now a pandemic –...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                24 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Sharing best practices on digital cooperation during COVID19 – and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The COVID-19 virus has presented a stress test for governments worldwide, with the Internet playing a crucial role in keeping critical infrastructure and resources connected...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  24 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WEF – How poor countries can deal with the economic shock of COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The coronavirus crisis could increase the number of poor and hungry by 2%. Countries should refrain from imposing trade restrictions where possible. Governments should enhance...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – Why Girls in ICT Day is more important than ever

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today is global Girls in ICT Day – and as the world continues to face the COVID-19 global health emergency, it is more important now...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCITRAL – Kiribati accedes to the UN Electronic Communications Convention

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kiribati has acceded to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (2005) (the "Electronic Communications Convention"). With its accession...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITC SheTrades boosts online offers to support women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITC SheTrades boosts online offers to support women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 crisis Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) across the world are increasingly feeling the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNECA – Innovative tech and connectivity key to fighting COVID-19 in Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dealing with the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 has made one point abundantly clear for African countries – “that we need broadband, faster, cheaper,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      23 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNCTAD to lead United Nations Group on the Information Society

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The UN-body draws attention to ICT-related development issues being tackled by the UN, such as the growing digital divide laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        22 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD – Online eWeek to explore post-coronavirus digital economy solutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Digital solutions and policies to help the world recover from the coronavirus crisis will be in sharp focus during UNCTAD’s eWeek event from 27 April to 1...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          21 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WCO and UPU take action to facilitate the sharing of information on the global postal supply chain in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On 15 April 2020, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) sent a joint letter to inform their respective Members of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          21 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IDB – The Boom of Online Courses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Throughout the world, a generation that is beginning its working life is confronted with an unprecedented economic context. “This is a period of radical uncertainty,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            21 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EIF – What are least developed countries doing in response to COVID-19?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A roundup of recent news on the global pandemic, covering issues facing some of the world’s poorest countries – and what they are doing Trade...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU-WHO Joint Statement

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unleashing information technology to defeat COVID-19 Initiative builds on current efforts to disseminate health messages through the joint WHO-ITU BeHe@lthy BeMobile initiative The World Health Organization...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITC – The challenges of bringing e-commerce to Africa: an interview with Chris Folayan, Founder and CEO of Mall for Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mall for Africa makes it possible for Africans to shop directly from international online retailers - companies that, otherwise, would be inaccessible to the African population.  Now...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                20 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Digital cooperation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic: connectivity situation assessment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On 15 April, the UN and ITU launched a Joint Webinar Series to discuss digital cooperation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WEF – 5 ways to protect critical digital connectivity during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    COVID-19 has dealt a shock to our world. Large swathes of the global population are living under some restrictions and enforced distancing. We are learning...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EIF – Five things to know about Least Developed Countries and ecommerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by Deanna Ramsay  | EIF News New tech uses present challenges – and a host of opportunities – for the world’s poorest countries More than half...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      17 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNCDF – Calls for applications : Gig Economy Challenge Application Questions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Financial Innovation Lab (FinLab) of United Nations Capital Development Fund is now running the “Gig Economy Challenge” to seek viable solutions for improving the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ADB – COVID-19 pandemic bolsters case for technology-based economic resilience

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact globally, the African continent, while less affected, is preparing to undergo its own severe social and economic crisis....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          16 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joint Statement : Consumer International Calls for Covid-19 Response to Focus on Global Consumer protection and Empowerment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis Consumers International members in 100 countries are calling for a focus on the protection and empowerment of individuals in the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            15 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WEF – How digital investment can help the COVID-19 recovery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work almost overnight. Analysts are struggling to keep pace with the impact on economies, sectors and firms....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DiPLO – [Live discussion summary] – (Cyber)Security and the shift to online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Andrijana Gavrilovic While the sudden global shift to an online life has brought unprecedented changes to our social and work habits, it has also faced...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CUTS – Enable e-commerce to disable Covid-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Pradeep S Mehta & Udai S Mehta The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted and impacted the daily lives of citizens in an unprecedented manner. Governments...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCTAD – UN call for technology solutions for tackling COVID-19 and its impacts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Submit proven, affordable and scalable solutions that can accelerate progress towards providing basic health functions, especially for vulnerable people. The deadline is 20 May. The...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – Working from home: Cybersecurity in the time of COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Today, billions of people around the world have been ordered to stay at home to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the number...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNIDO and CUTS look to e-commerce to counter economic impact of COVD-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CUTS has expressed a strong interest in supporting UNIDO in promoting e-commerce as a platform to accelerate Member States’ transition to the digital economy and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNCTAD – Repositories of measures on cross-border movement of goods and persons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The COVID-19 pandemic is creating major disruptions in global logistics and supply chains and in some cases preventing urgent emergency deliveries to reach destinations in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNCTAD – Consumers vs COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop, it is raising some serious dilemmas for consumers, from scams, to negligent business practice and misinformation. Consumer...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNECA – Recovery from the Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: What Role for Trade?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By Beatrice Chaytor and Ify Ogo The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on African countries will be known only after the situation is brought under...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITU – COVID-19: How mobile phone contact tracing can save lives – and preserve privacy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contact tracing is a key public health response to limit infectious disease outbreaks such as the global COVID-19 pandemic.   More than ever, authorities worldwide...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITC – Ugandan start-ups part of the solution during COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Start-ups in Uganda are developing innovative products to help consumers and businesses survive during COVID-19 Being locked at home with borders sealed, seeing transport halted...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UNCTAD – Coronavirus reveals need to bridge the digital divide

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The coronavirus speeds up the transition to a digital economy while exposing the digital gap between countries and societies. The global crisis brought on by...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              IDB – 2020 Call for Proposals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Announcement In response to the exceptional circumstances that the world and Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing, the 2020 Call for Proposals under the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITU – Special emergency session of the Broadband Commission pushes for action to extend internet access and boost capacity to fight COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UN advisory body sets out an Agenda for Action to ensure the networks the whole world is now relying on are robust, resilient and within...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WTO – ICC, WTO heads urge business dialogue to inform response to trade fallout from COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo and International Chamber of Commerce Secretary-General John Denton issued on 2 April a joint statement calling for more dialogue with...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITC – Op-ed: The cost of coronavirus in Africa: What measures can leaders take?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by Dorothy Tembo, ITC Executive Director ad interim With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 having reached the African continent, countries are getting ready to manage the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EIF – Covid-19, Least developed countries and financial support

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What are international institutions pledging in the wake of the pandemic? The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian disaster. Expectedly, its effects...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ESCAP – Digital Resilience against COVID-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The rapid spread of COVID-19 has been causing cascading economic and social stress across the world. The production of goods and services has decreased in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 April 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – COVID-19 requires gender-equal responses to save economies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not gender neutral, as it affects men and women differently. Therefore, we must not be gender blind in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          27 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITC – Supporting small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is causing a global health emergency, and a global economic slowdown. Trade, investment, growth, and employment are all affected and the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            27 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITC – Different sector, different effect

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Marion Jansen, Director, Division of Market Development, ITC; Valentina Rollo, Economist, ITC and Mauricio Torres Velasquez, Associate Programme Officer, ITC COVID-19 crisis heavily affects...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              27 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              African Development Bank launches record breaking $3 billion “Fight COVID-19” Social Bond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Landmark transaction, largest US dollar denominated Social bond transaction to date in capital markets The African Development Bank (AAA) has raised an exceptional $3 billion...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WTO – COVID-19 and world trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented disruption to the global economy and world trade, as production and consumption are scaled back across the globe. One of the most effective...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  26 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WCO – Greater facilities requested for ATA Carnet procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On 20 March 2020, in the light of the recent global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    24 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCTAD – Benin takes business registration online at critical time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Benin this month took its business registration processes 100% digital, setting up an efficient, new online single window that houses all regulatory processes needed to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      24 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITC – E-commerce takes shape in Rwanda with new service centre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rwanda’s e-commerce booms as the first E-commerce Service Centre sets up in Kigali, bringing Rwandan businesses to domestic and international markets with minimal investment and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        20 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WEF – How women in developing countries can harness e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • E-commerce has the potential to level the economic playing field for women in developing countries. • Government, the private sector, aid programmes and civil...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        14 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CI – World Consumer Rights Day 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Sustainable Consumer This World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2020), consumer organisations around the world are joining together to call for global changes to...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          13 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Consumer protection crucial for the digital economy to thrive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Developing countries account for 90% of the global growth in Internet use, with the highest growth rate reported in least developed countries. More than half...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            13 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EIF – GDP per capita vs gender gap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The use of technology and digital trade has great potential in helping women start businesses and increase incomes – and then GDP follows. However, in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            12 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EIF – Opinion : How to tackle least developed countries’ gender gaps in tech use and data

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Written By Deanna Ramsay, EIF In Uganda, a businesswoman is using Pinterest to keep track of trends in the U.S. and Europe for her basket designs. In...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UPU – New E-commerce Guide charts explosion in smartphone applications

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A new e-commerce guide for postal operators by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) underscores the immense role of mobile technology in e-commerce growth. “By adopting...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITC – Central America: Women and e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              200 women led-businesses, 6 countries in Central America, 1 goal: Increase the global impact of Central American businesses through online sales. Our hashtag#Ecommerce project in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU – Digital Technologies are the Path to ‘Generation Equality’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Generation Equality’. It’s the theme – and dream – of this year’s International Women’s Day. We’ve come a long way since the UN’s landmark Fourth Conference...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITU – WSIS+15 Forum 2020 New Dates

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WSIS Forum 2020 Postpone Considering recent developments concerning the COVID-19 virus and the need for responsible measures to be taken to prevent the virus from...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCDF Podcast – Leaving No Woman Behind in the Digital Era

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Because of the focus on SDG 5 during the month of March, the next three episodes of Capital Musings will focus on gender equality and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                World Bank – Questions & Answers about the 2020 Spring Meetings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The IMF and the World Bank have agreed to implement a joint plan to adapt the 2020 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings to a virtual format. In the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DiPLO – Coronavirus crisis: A digital policy overview

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, digital health comes into focus. Daily updates from social media channels, mapping tools on the number of people infected, and...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WIPO – MCST Survey on the Use of ADR Mechanisms for B2B Digital Copyright- and Content-related Disputes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      27 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UNCTAD – Côte d’Ivoire seeks to expand e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Country assesses its e-trade readiness with the support of UNCTAD and Germany. Côte d’Ivoire has partnered with UNCTAD and Germany to assess its readiness for...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        27 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ITU – Champion Projects, WSIS Prizes 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Over 800 projects from around the world were submitted for the WSIS Prizes 2020 contest, 352 of these projects were nominated for the voting phase...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD – Women digital entrepreneurs in francophone Africa make their mark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNCTAD eTrade for Women initiative's first masterclass in Africa equips entrepreneurs to reap more benefits from the digital economy. Christelle Assirou, a serial entrepreneur from...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          21 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EIF – Ambassador Morten Jespersen: Looking at aid funding, the private sector and country visions – Where are LDCS now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IF’s Steering Committee Chair talks donor priorities, laying the groundwork for investment in LDCs and more How can donor countries like Denmark best support least...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            20 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ITC – Weebi: the Senegalese retailer’s digital slate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by NTF IV News The touch-screen cash register Weebi combines all the characteristics that a Senegalese retailer needs. With battery-powered off-line operation, it includes credit...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EIF – A window of opportunity for Africa : Agricultural Innovation, Integration and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agriculture 4.0, fuelled by innovation and technology, is driving more productive, efficient and sustainable food systems. The combination of agriculture 4.0 and regional integration can...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UPU – In Post We Trust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A new report published by the UPU shows how Posts are gaining customers’ trust to provide financial inclusion through the postal network. Posts have been...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WIPO Director General Opens Roundtable Discussion on IP and the African Continental Free Trade Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WIPO Director General Francis Gurry opened a Roundtable Discussion on IP and the African Continental Free Trade Area emphasizing the importance of intellectual property in...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ESCAP – The rise of the digital economy and tech-driven inequality : Can the tech revolution be an equaliser instead?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Back in 2015, the member-states of the United Nations adopted its most ambitious, all-encompassing agenda ever attempted: To guide the advancement of humankind for the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AfDB – AU Summit: First continental report on implementation of Agenda 2063 unveiled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The African Development Bank, the United Nations, and the African Union on Saturday acknowledged the significant progress made in implementing Agenda 2063 and urged African...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNCDF – How Women in Papua New Guinea are Finding Their Way to Women’s Micro Bank

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rural banking made easy with the Mama Bank Access Points. Difficult geographies, a lack of physical infrastructure and limited technological skills are major reasons as...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNIDO – Fourth Industrial Revolution: how latecomers and laggards can catch up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Most developing countries face barriers in adopting the necessary technologies. Helping them counter these barriers will require an international effort. Just ten countries account for...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OECD – Least developed countries can become authors of their technological revolution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can countries in the early stages of development reap the benefits and become authors of their technological revolution? In a blog written by Ratnakar Adhikari,...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 February 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UNCDF – The SDG500 Platform Investment Opportunity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SDG500 is a groundbreaking impact investment platform dedicated to financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platform’s objective is to raise USD$500 million for six...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  31 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITU – Kazakhstan to lead global school connectivity initiative in Central Asia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Country to lay the groundwork for new financing models, partners and digital tools to close the digital divide. The Government of Kazakhstan, the International Telecommunication...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UNCDF – What levers to accelerate digital innovation in Senegal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In November 2019, the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) organized, for the second consecutive year, the week of financial inclusion. This regional event...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    25 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 top stories from the week in Davos 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Climate change was in the spotlight at Davos 2020. The future of capitalism, AI and jobs were also key areas. The meeting was the World...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      24 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Online tool to remove trade barriers in Africa goes live

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The tool, developed by UNCTAD and the African Union, will help make trade on the continent easier and less costly. An online platform developed by...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        22 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At Davos, UN Broadband Commission advocates for financing inclusive meaningful connectivity for sustainable impact

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Commissioners launch “Broadband Transforming Lives” campaign at WEF’s 50th Annual Meeting in Switzerland   ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The ITU UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development examined new...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          20 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          South Centre – Third Annual Developing Country Forum on South-South Cooperation in International Tax Matters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The South Centre in partnership with India’s Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of External Affairs...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ACSIS-SCASI – Dr Cissé KANE: “Through the ECMAAA competition, we encourage innovation, research and emulation”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – The E-commerce Mobile Application African Award (ECMAAA) project of the African Civil Society ICT Network (ACSIS) was nominated for the WSIS PRIZE 2020 of...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Davos 2020: Here’s what you need to know about tech for good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the last 50 years we have seen enormous technological progress. Technologies like quantum computing, autonomous vehicles and biotechnologies will soon hit the mainstream. Public...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The World Economic Forum at 50: A timeline of highlights from Davos and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What is Davos? What is the World Economic Forum? When did it all begin and why do thousands of leaders continue to congregate in a...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How Myanmar’s policies accelerated digital development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The introduction and widespread use of smartphones, together with broadband connectivity, has created unprecedented opportunities for people worldwide to use the Internet and other online...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITU: Capacity building in Africa is an essential driver of growth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The increased pace of globalization and technological advancement is expanding the divide between Africa and other regions, making capacity building a critical agenda on the...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 January 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Readiness Assessments for Cross-Border Paperless Trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cross-border paperless trade has great potential to not only grow trade competitiveness but also to address new challenges associated with cross-border e-commerce and the rise...