ALFM C7: E-Business (Global and regional implications of COVID-19 on e-commerce)

3:00 am
 – 4:00 am

A group of eTrade for all partners joined forces in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, with the aim of jointly assessing how the impact of the pandemic was playing out in various regions of the world, what barriers countries and business were facing when trying to leverage digital solutions; what policy responses had been taken; and – not least important – what the international community could do better to reap synergies and enhance global support.

As a result of this collective effort, a global review – and 4 regional reports- have been published highlighting the main efforts and trends affecting the various developing regions to address the challenges brought forward by the COVID-19 pandemic and proposing some mid and long-term policy avenues to be taken into consideration in the recovery phase. The event will offer a targeted dialogue to unveil the main findings at the global level complemented by the sharing of experiences at the regional level.

Draft Programme

Setting the scene: 10 minutes (UNCTAD)
How the COVID-19 has changed the global trade and e-commerce landscape: findings from the eTrade for all study: Global and regional implications of COVID-19 on e-commerce

Sharing of findings: 50 minutes
Harnessing the impact of COVID-19 across regions: main findings and drivers for change.

Contributions from: ECLAC ECA ECE ESCWA ITC UPU

Q&A: 10 minutes
Interaction with the audience and closing remarks
Moderation: UNCTAD