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UNCTAD eCommerce week 2022 – Session Reports


Session reports


Monday, 25 Apr
12:00 – 13:00 Building online dispute resolution for Southeast Asian consumers
12:00 – 13:00 Creating a level playing field for digital trade
12:00 – 13:00 Digital self-determination – an alternative approach to data governance issues
16:00 – 17:00 How will current proposals for international e-commerce rules governing data flows affect digitalization for development?
17:00 – 18:00 How algorithmic decision-making can facilitate cross-border trade for small business
17:00 – 18:00 How algorithmic decision-making can facilitate cross-border trade for small business


Tuesday, 26 Apr

10:00 – 11:00 Promoting inclusive data policy through capacity building
12:00 – 13:00 Digitalization and data flows in francophone west and central Africa: Impacts of potential digital trade rules in the WTO on digital industrialization and development
14:00 – 15:00 The importance of data in cross-border payments in Africa
15:00 – 16:00 Innovative data governance mechanisms for development 4.0: Challenges and opportunities
17:00 – 18:00 Data-driven business to business e-commerce in Africa
17:00 – 18:00 The role of standards in digital transformation and digital trade


Wednesday, 27 Apr
10:00 – 11:00 From eTrade Readiness Assessments to implemented recommendations
10:00 – 11:00 Whether ‘data localisation’ and ‘national champion’ approach would lead to an inclusive digital economy?
11:00 – 12:00 From data to AI: Digital transformation competency framework for the public sector
14:00 – 15:00 TradeTech: How frontier technologies will transform global trade and development
15:00 – 16:00 Measuring international data flows
16:00 – 17:00 Data protection certification for cross-border data flows
16:00 – 17:00 How to create greater international collaboration on data governance
17:00 – 18:00 Data regulation: Implications for the digitization of the economy and development


Thursday, 28 Apr
10:00 – 11:00 Advancing cross-border paperless trade: Nurturing a digital trade environment
11:00 – 12:00 The AfCFTA and data governance frameworks in Africa
>12:00 – 13:00 Assessing the role of digital platforms in data governance and ethics
12:00 – 13:00 Designing innovative data solutions for the global south
14:00 – 15:00 Marketplace activity in Africa and South America: what new data shows
14:00 – 15:00 Tackling the digital gender divide – Peer learning across developing regions
15:00 – 16:00 The value of data in the information economy
16:00 – 17:00 Tackling the data governance challenges of emerging digital technologies
17:00 – 18:00 Exploring a global framework for data governance


Friday, 29 Apr

10:00 – 11:00 The data divide in digital trade: Are trade rules up to the challenge?
14:00 – 15:00 Shedding new light on the evolving regulatory framework for digital trade
15:00 – 16:00 E-signatures and e-transactions: What works, what more is needed, and what are the implications of proposed trade rules on this topic?
15:00 – 16:00 Meaningful access to advance digital societies
16:00 – 17:00 Overcoming barriers to trust in cross-border data flows


The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in collaboration with eTrade for all and other partners will host its annual eCommerce Week. This event will take place in Geneva and online from 25 to 29 April 2022.

The theme for the 2022 edition is ‘Data and Digitalization for Development.’ Data and cross-border data flows, and the critical role they play in economic and social development, as well as challenges related to the data divide, will be given special focus.

The eCommerce Week2022 will also highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic affects digital transformation globally.

Throughout the event, a special focus will be placed on specific and actionable solutions to pressing issues related to digital transformation of our economies.

For more information, visit the event webpage.

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