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29 January – 7 March 2018


This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. The course is aimed particularly at participants from developing and least developed countries (LDCs), based in Geneva. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is delivered by DiploFoundation (Diplo), CUTS International Geneva, the International Trade Centre (ITC),
and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). It is supported by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.



The issues covered in the course include:
• Internet functionality and online business models
• Economic policy issues of relevance for digital commerce: taxation; e-payments; Blockchain, virtual
currencies and Bitcoin in online transactions; competition; consumer protection; authentication; digital
• Regional trade agreements
• International trade negotiations and multilateral discussions at the WTO
• Digital commerce and Internet governance: cybersecurity; privacy and data protection; cross-border data
transfers; data localisation
• Emerging digital commerce issues: Internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence and 3D printing


The course will benefit diplomats who follow digital trade negotiations on the multilateral and bilateral levels.
While improving their knowledge of e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information
required to discuss specific digital policy aspects, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity,
consumer protection and the implication of emerging technologies to digital trade, such as the Internet of
Things and 3D printing. The course focuses in particular on digital trade negotiations and policy processes
taking place in International Geneva.

The course will be of interest to:
• Geneva-based diplomats from developing countries and LDCs
• Other Geneva-based professionals from developing countries and LDCs
Priority will be given to applicants with previous professional or academic experience in digital commerce, and
eorts will be made to ensure regional and gender balance.

Visit the course page here.