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The 2030 Agenda establishes a set of highly ambitious sustainable development goals and targets. Trade and trade policies will play a critical role in achieving such goals. By 2030, however, the global economy is likely to be significantly different from today. Deep technological and socio-economic changes such as automation, 3D printing or the trend towards re-localisation of production will gain in importance. Issues such as e-commerce, investment, and services will increasingly become the focus of economic policymaking.

For developing countries aspiring to achieve structural economic transformation, these evolutions pose particular challenges. This session will explore in a combined debate and roundtable format, ways to ensure that the new economy effectively contributes to inclusive growth and sustainable development. It will review issues around industrial policies, technology diffusion, investment and trade facilitation with a 2030-time horizon focusing on key development concerns and areas where WTO rules may need to be updated.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
This fourth meeting of the Gender Research Group will review and gain perspectives on key trade policy lessons stemming from a corpus of analyses related to gender & value chains as developed by ICTSD in the recent years. 
 
The substantive inputs, policy recommendations and expertise that will emerge from the discussions will contribute to, consolidate the analyses currently underway in order to advance international technical discussions on how developing countries can realise women's economic opportunities by harnessing the potential arising from evolving production structures focusing specifically on key trends such as the rise of digital trade and disruptive technologies, the intensification of standards in value chains and, on the other hand foster the dialogue on how to maximize the relationship between women entrepreneurs, financial services  in the context global value chains.
 
Ultimately, ICTSD will leverage the knowledge generated during this meeting to develop and refine a comprehensive African regional engagement strategy on gender and trade so as to ensure that gender can effectively be mainstreamed in the implementation and remaining negotiating phases of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
 
ICTSD gratefully acknowledges funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for part of the research developed under this initiative.
 
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Empowering women in Myanmar’s nascent garment value chainsLooking at Trade from a Gender PerspectiveAborder le commerce sous l’angle du genre
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Monday, 1 October 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Digital technologies offer women new opportunities to participate in international trade. Increased offshoring, servicification, and digitalisation in global value chains have enabled some developing countries to supply goods and services to businesses and final consumers. In theory, e-commerce offers women a number of advantages which include, amongst others, lower transaction costs, access to larger or new markets, and secure payment options. For women to seize these opportunities, a number of developments need to be taken into consideration such as supportive domestic policies and innovative trade and trade-related policies.

This session explored opportunities to design and implement trade policies that support women in e-commerce. Discussions covered analysis of the key regulatory constraints to women participation in e-commerce, potential solutions guided by multilateral and regional experience, and trade negotiator perspectives.

Main takeaways

  • There are markedly fewer women-led firms than male-led firms engaged in e-commerce. This reflects the structural challenges that women face in becoming business owners across the entire economy and appears not to be specific to e-commerce.
  • Smaller firms (whether run by women or men) are less likely to export, and face greater e-commerce-related constraints than their larger peers.
  • Two primary constraints are common across regions and countries for small firms engaged in e-commerce: regulatory bottlenecks and access to finance.
  • Recommendations to help female-led small firms engage in e-commerce include:
    • Promote women-led formal businesses, digitization, and online sales;
    • Facilitate customs clearance for e-commerce imports and exports;
    • Adopt digital regulations that enable small firms in e-commerce;
    • Improve the environment for FinTechs, including through a regulatory sandbox; and
    • Develop open banking for data-driven lending
  • The APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines offer guidance on how to integrate gender-responsive approaches into APEC fora strategic and work plans, annual reports, and projects. They complement the principles outlined in the 1999 Framework for the Integration of Women in APEC.
  • Domestic reforms across the world are improving conditions for women participation in the economy. It is imperative for women participation in trade that the domestic policy level is engaged, alongside mobilising firms operating in supply chains and energising the regional level as experimental labs, in addition to sustaining gender focused discussions in the World Trade Organization.

 

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Aborder le commerce sous l’angle du genreLooking at Trade from a Gender PerspectiveHow Should Africa Engage in E-Commerce and the Digital Economy?
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Gender
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programme 1
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Date period: 
Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm