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    Short Courses for Geneva-based Diplomats - 2018 series

    The UNCTAD secretariat is pleased to announce another series of short courses in the first semester of 2018 on key international economic issues for delegates from permanent missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva and the World Trade Organization.

    The aim of the courses is to give delegates from permanent missions an opportunity to become better acquainted with topical issues and developments in the international economic agenda as they are reflected in the work of UNCTAD. More detailed information on the content of individual courses may be found in the attached programme.

    In the first semester, three courses will be provided at Palais des Nations on 2 March, 23 March, and 13 April 2018.

    • Friday 2 March 2018, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Assessing the e-trade readiness of countries for the promotion of the sustainable development
    • Friday 23 March 2018, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Recent developments in international trade and their implications for the policymaking process
    • Friday 13 April 2018, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Assessing the progress of LDCs towards SDGs



  • 2 March 2018 (Room XXVI) - Assessing the e-trade readiness of countries for the promotion of the sustainable development

    In the changing global marketplace, e-commerce presents a powerful driver for economic growth, inclusive trade and job-creation for all, including in least developed countries (LDCs). However, while there is significant potential for growth through e-commerce, many people and small and medium-sized enterprises in LDCs are currently not in a position to use the Internet, in particular broadband, due to lack of infrastructure and other barriers. Therefore, they cannot effectively leverage e-commerce to seize economic opportunities. How to assess the readiness of LDCs to engage in and benefit more from e-commerce is crucial for the formulation of relevant strategies and policies to harness the power of e-commerce for economic growth and sustainable development.