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Tuesday, December 12 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments: A tool to help the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) drive economic growth, inclusive trade and job creation from e-commerce

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Assessing the opportunities and challenges that the Least Developed Countries (LDC) face towards e-commerce is frequently hampered by a lack of reliable information.  Many LDCs don’t have the information or technology available to assess and evaluate e-commerce and trade in the digital economy in their countries, which is a barrier to selecting priority areas for advancements and further development.

This session will present the findings of new Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments of the LDCs conducted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The assessments by UNCTAD provide the current e-commerce and digital trade situation in selected countries and serve as a tool for LDCs to identify opportunities, barriers and relevant policy measures. A number of these assessments are being conducted under the umbrella of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) partnership.

These assessments report on the current state of e-commerce, offering fresh insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by LDCs on infrastructure and services, trade logistics and trade facilitation, payment solutions, legal and regulatory frameworks, e-commerce skills development and access to financing.

The session will begin with opening remarks and a short presentation by UNCTAD of the latest findings from the Rapid e-Trade Readiness Assessments. The session will then explore key challenges and opportunities of e-commerce in LDCs through a panel discussion with representatives of LDCs, donors, EIF, UNCTAD and the private sector.

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Moderator
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Shamika N. Sirimanne

Director Division on Technology and Logistics, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Ms. Shamika N. Sirimanne is Director, Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL), UNCTAD. | Ms. Sirimanne has extensive experience in development policy, research and technical cooperation gained from international organizations, national governments, think tanks and universities... Read More →

Speakers
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Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director, EIF, World Trade Organization
Mr Ratnakar Adhikari has been the Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization since October 2013.Prior to this assignment, Mr Adhikari was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a... Read More →
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Isabelle Durant

Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Ms. Isabelle Durant (Belgium) took office as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD on 3 July 2017. Ms. Durant had a distinguished career in Belgian and European politics. She held the offices of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Transport and Energy and Senator in the Belgian Gover... Read More →
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Chandra Kumar Ghimire

Secretary, Ministry of Commerce
Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire, the Secretary of Ministry of Commerce, Government of Nepal, has been serving for more than 25 years in various roles and capacities. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and the... Read More →
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Peseta Noumea Simi

Chief Executive Officer
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Teppo Tauriainen

Director General for Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs at Sweden
Mr Tauriainen has been Director General for Trade in Sweden since September 2017. Prior to this assignment, Mr Tauriainen was Deputy Director General and Head of the Americas Department, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, a position he held between 2017-2014. Previously, he se... Read More →
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Dominik Ziller

Director-General for International Development Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Dominik Ziller heads the Directorate-General for International Development Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His responsibili¬ties include the European Union's development cooperation, the United Nations, the World Bank Group, the re... Read More →



Tuesday December 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia

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