Harnessing E-Commerce Post Covid-19 : Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Economies

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The CTEI’s Geneva Trade Platform and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are pleased to invite you to join us on 25 February at 11:00am CET, on Zoom, for a webinar on «Harnessing e-commerce post-COVID-19: opportunities and challenges for developing economies».

While the COVID-19 crisis has enhanced dynamism in e-commerce, it also exposed pre-existing challenges faced by aspiring e-commerce entrepreneurs. These include regulatory differences such as access to online payment solutions, reliable internet and electricity connections, the prohibitive costs of trading across borders, visibility in online searches and advertising and sales platforms.

This webinar will explore recent COVID-19-induced trends in e-commerce and outline challenges and opportunities for transition economies in the UNECE region, i.e. Central Asia, Southern Caucasus, Western Balkan and Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. Discussions will provide an update on the WTO e-commerce negotiations and the way forward for harnessing e-commerce post-COVID-19.

The session will bring together speakers from international organizations, academia/think tanks and national/regional agencies. Simultaneous translation English-Russian aims at providing access to information to transition economy policy makers.

Scheduled speakers will include:

  • Mr Vitaliy Pogoretskyy, Counsel, Advisory Centre on WTO Law: WTO negotiations on e-commerce: overview and take-aways for developing economies
  • Ms Hadil Hijazi, Director, WTI Advisors Ltd. (Oxford/Geneva): Recent e-commerce trends across UNECE’s transition economies

Q&A and commentators: 

  • Mr Maxim Medvedkov, Head, Department of Trade Policy, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Moderated by: 

  • Ms Elisabeth Tuerk, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

The session will also be streamed live on YouTube, where a replay will also be available shortly after the event.