Seminar on eCommerce for Development

9 December 2016 , WTO, Room CR1

The objectives of the activity are to:

  • debate opportunities and challenges for least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing countries in eCommerce
  • help reduce the knowledge gap between developed and developing countries/LDCs in eCommerce and the digital economy
  • reinforce the centrality of eCommerce as an engine for development for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries/LDCs
  •  discuss mechanisms for capacity building among developing countries, especially LDCs, to better understand the application of technology to trade needs
  •  showcase success stories from developing countries/LDCs, their achievements and constraints.


10.00 — Opening session

    i) Welcome and overview by H.E. Eng. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for Commerce, Government of Pakistan

    ii) Opening address by H.E. Mr. Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Government of Costa Rica

    iii) Opening remarks by Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization

    iv) Address by Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union

    v) Address by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    vi) Address by Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Executive-Director, International Trade Centre


    Moderator: H.E. Dr. Syed Taugir Shah, Ambassador of Pakistan to the WTO

11.45-13.00 — Session-I: eCommerce Opportunities and Challenges for Developing/Least Developed Countries