Fuelling Trade in the Digital Era: The Global Landscape and Implications for Southeast Asia

Date period
28 November 2017

The purpose of this paper is to propose specific ways in which developing countries can best fuel trade in the digital era. It pays special attention to Southeast Asia, a region where internet connectivity has skyrocketed with the proliferation of smartphones and where e-commerce is already playing a transformative role in fuelling small and medium enterprise development, trade, and economic growth. This paper argues that further gains from digitisation for trade and growth in Southeast Asia are not automatic. Rather, these gains depend on an adequate infrastructure and on supportive policies at national and international levels.