The UNCTAD’s eCommerce Week 2019: From Digitalization to Development took place from 1–5 April at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
Discover below the key outcomes and achievements of the event:
- The event attracted more than 1,500 registered participants from all backgrounds: public, private, civil society, all sides of the digital spectrum were well represented.
- There was a very strong presence of stakeholders from developing countries, which is critical to put the development dimension in focus.
- There was a good gender balance amongst participants, and one of the key issues discussed during many sessions was the digital gender divide.
- eTrade for all partners were instrumental in the organization of the event, with 26 out of 30 of them actively participating in the various thematic sessions, proving the inclusive nature of this initiative.
- The new eTrade for Women Network, championed by UNCTAD with the support of the eTrade for all initiative and funded by the Netherlands, was launched during the event. It will help to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs in e-commerce.
- This fifth edition saw a steady increase in the number of sessions and participants, emphasizing the relevance of such an event in today’s evolving digital world
- The eCommerce Week looked in depth at key digital issues including the digital divide, digital skills, digital data, gender, trade and logistics, online platforms, consumer trust and new technologies (such as artificial intelligence and blockchain).