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Next week sees the third annual UNCTAD Ecommerce Week.

What Is UNCTAD Ecommerce Week?

UNCTAD Ecommerce Week is the name of the yearly week held by the United Nations Conference On Trade And Development that focuses on a particularly relevant theme in the current ecommerce climate.

When Is The UNCTAD Ecommerce Week 2017 Being Held?

UNCTAD’s Ecommerce Week is being held between 24 April and 28 April 2017. It is being held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Originally headquarters of the League of Nations, it has now served as the home of the United Nations in Geneva since 1946. It is the third year the week is being held.

What Is The Theme Of This Year’s Ecommerce Week?

The theme of this year’s event is “Towards Inclusive E-Commerce”. We are at a crucial moment in the digital age with many countries still grappling with the impact of the growing digital economy and ecommerce and the challenges and opportunities that they represent. With ecommerce being a crucial driver of innovation, job creation and growth, Ecommerce week 2017 is a platform for thinking and discussion and where leading government representatives, business leaders, thinkers and academics can come together to share insight and experiences.

Highlight Of The Week: “Digital Transformation for All: Empowering Entrepreneurs and Small Business”

This event is on 25 April and will set the scene for the rest of the week. The various speakers will provide varying perspectives on how societies have and will adapt to the changing economic landscape that has been brought about by the evolution of the digital revolution and ecommerce.

Participants at the event will include:

  • Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • Jack Ma, Special Adviser of UNCTAD for young entrepreneurs and small business and founder and chairman of Alibaba Group
  • Juan Sebastian Viteri Guillen, Minister of Production of Ecuador
  • Okechukwu Enelamah, Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria
  • Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of Commerce of Pakistan
  • Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina
  • Lyonpo Leki Dorji, Minister for Economic Affairs of Bhutan
  • Sorasak Pan, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia
  • Alexander Mora, Minister for Foreign Trade of Costa Rica
  • Winichai Chaemchaeng, Vice-Minister of Commerce of Thailand
  • Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International
  • Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization
  • Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union
  • Francois Kanimba, Minister for Trade and Industry of Rwanda
  • Alioune Sarr, Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Sector of Senegal

The Rest Of The Week

The rest of Ecommerce Week 2017 will feature numerous events that are co-held with private businesses and international organisations. All of these sessions will focus on various policy areas of the eTrade for All Initiative and will look at ways that developing countries can benefit from ecommerce. Key themes will include:

  • Getting ready for ecommerce
  • Infrastructure for ecommerce
  • Etrade facilitation
  • Cyberlaw
  • Financing ecommerce
  • Including all in the digital revolution

 

Ecommerce Week 2017 is being held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva between 24 April and 28 April 2017.

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