[July 20, 2016] Message from Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section
Science, Technology and ICT Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
We are pleased to inform you that the eTrade For All initiative was officially and successfully launched yesterday by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD. It received full support from all partners present to the launch.
A significant number of the 15 Founding Partners were present at the launch, including the Enhanced Integrated Framework, E-Residency (Estonia), the Islamic Development Bank Group, the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the World Bank Group, the World Customs Organization and the World Trade Organization. They all expressed their commitment to engage in the initiative.
The launch heard interventions from Ministers of Cambodia, Costa Rica and Pakistan, all endorsing and welcoming the timely and collaborative effort to help developing countries, including LDCs, to benefit more from e-commerce.
Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom all pledged financial support to the initiative and both Japan and the Republic of Korea expressed their general support to eTrade for All.
Many private sector representatives took the floor to support eTrade for All, stressing the importance of ensuring an effective public-private dialogue to address remaining challenges in developing countries.
If you wish to see what was said and done, videos are available.
Roundtable “Unleashing the Power of E-Commerce for Development”
Launch of the eTrade for All initiative:
We will get back to you in the coming weeks with a new draft text for a joint declaration or statement that case serve as the basis for our collaboration.
Finally, we would like to thank all of you again for your commitment and enthusiasm for this joint initiative. We are looking forward to working with you in the preparation of the eTrade For All portal, for which preparations should start in earnest in September.