GVCs  are  a  great  driver  of  international  trade  and  investment  development  in  recent  decades.  But  GVCs  are  largely  controlled  by  a  small  group  of  multi-national  companies  and  benefiting  selected  countries  and  regions.  Electronic  commerce  has  played  a  significant  role  by  lowering  entrance  costs  and  barriers  in  helping SMEs and developing countries to get involved in international trade. Therefore, the inclusiveness of  GVCs  could  be  greatly  enhanced  by  expanding  and  extending  E-commerce  to  more  developing  countries.  In  order  to  make  it  happen,  state  and  private  sectors  should  work  together  to  address  the  economic and policy obstacles restricting the development of E-commerce and GVCs.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

E-commerce discussions in Geneva, in regional capitals, and beyond are grappling with the challenges of formulating appropriate policy responses to the digital transformation of trade. The literature is clear, e-commerce has the potential to bring significant development benefits, but these will not be automatic. Moreover, significant gaps in capacity, capital and skills could imperil the equitable distribution of the benefits of digital transformation and prevent them reaching the world’s poor.

Moving from the theoretical to the practical is a challenge. The rise of the digital economy is marked by an increasing concentration of market shares, and a growing sense of tension between the public interests and the consolidation of big data based companies. Governments, particularly in the developing world, look at this situation with scepticism and wonder what is needed to evolve from takers to value creators.

This workshop will look at the relationship between e-commerce and development both from a policy and a trade negotiations perspective. In doing so, we will address questions around the nature of special and differential treatment and its evolution, the relevance of competition policy in the context of the digital economy, and the shaping of trade negotiations, particularly at the WTO.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

The context setting is done by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD.

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This event is organised with the generous support of The Goverment of Finland....

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 9:15am to 5:30pm

Data has intrinsic value as infrastructure in the new economy, where trade, supply chains and business operations are enabled by the ability to move data globally. 

In December 2017, a group of members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to a Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce, effectively opening a path towards a WTO-based open plurilateral negotiation. Since then, these discussions have atttracted the attention of of approximately ninety WTO delegations who have been attending regular work meetings throughout the first semester of 2018. 

As those discussions move into the second half of the year, delegations are looking forward to step up the game by holding text-based member driven thematic discussions, where positions and sensibilities are more clearly reflected and articulated.

In this context, ICTSD has taken the challenge of addressing the important topic of data flows and localisation requirements from both a policy and international rulemaking perspectives. The objective is to provide delegations and policy makers with a set of possible options for tackling this key issue within in the context of the plurilateral discussions.

WTO: Paths Forward is an ICTSD initiative that provides the research, ideas and neutral spaces negotiators need to ensure the technical work required for a successful 12th WTO Ministerial Conference moves forward.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

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Monday, 22 October 2018 - 8:45am