Tuesday, 27.09.2016 - Geneva, Switzerland

How Can ACP Countries Harness Digital Innovation as Critical Enabler for Promoting Inclusive Trade?

Today's international trade world is dominated by digital innovation. Effective participation of ACP States in the digital economy is crucial to their trade and development initiatives.

Although internet and mobile connectivity continue to raise, severe gaps remain and trade inclusiveness is by far not achieved. Inequality is growing, and there is urgent need for enhancing domestic and international actions necessary to enable ACP states to implement development objectives including those contained in the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals. This session, organized in close collaboration between the ACP Geneva office and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung tackled the following questions: How can trade policy and trade-related development policy assist ACP countries’ desire to fully benefit from digital innovation? What are the ingredients for an inclusive digital economy? What do ACP countries expect from the WTO in order to increase their capacities to harness digital innovations?

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