Unlocking digital opportunities: Promoting e-commerce for inclusive trade growth

Leaving no one behind by investing in inclusive trading opportunities in small-island and landlocked African, Caribbean and Pacific economies

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
17:00 to 18:15

The digitalization of the global economy is increasingly gaining terrain as the use of modern technologies is catapulting global exchanges into a new era. ACP small-island and land-locked economies can leapfrog into prosperity through E-commerce in the digital age. However, they face inherent challenges of a weak private sector, high trade costs and lack of proper technology and trade data in order to bolster opportunities for SMEs traders and intra-regional trade. E-commerce is seen as a catalyst to boosting exports to foreign markets, and helps tap into foreign supply chains, supporting entrepreneurship and promoting the integration of SMEs into regional and global value chains. To that end, ACP countries require more policy space to seize e-commerce trading opportunities.

Organised by


Axel de La Maisonneuve
Chef d'Unité Adjoint
European Commission - DEVCO - Civil Society and Foundations
Paolo Ciccarelli
Head of Unit
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu
The Tony Elumelu Foundation
Patrick Gomes
Secretary General
ACP Group
Shamika Sirimanne
Director, Division on Technology and Logistics
UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
Merewalesi Falemaka
Permanent Representative
PIFS (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat)
Viwanou Gnassounou
Assistant Secretary-General
African Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat