Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will partake in the third edition of the e-Commerce Week, organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), on April 24-28, in Geneva, Switzerland.
This year's e-Commerce Week, with the theme "Towards Inclusive e-Commerce", will offer a platform for participating stakeholders to discuss key challenges and opportunities related to e-commerce and define concrete actions towards more inclusive trade, global benefits and sustainable development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event comes at a crucial moment where many governments are analyzing the impact of the digital economy and e-commerce on global growth. e-Commerce is recognized as an important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth, and holds huge potential for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide.
The e-commerce week will gather trade ministers, representatives of governments, international and regional organizations and stakeholders in the ICT sector. This is in addition to representatives of the private sector, civil society and universities to share ideas and experiences on how e-commerce contributes to development.
Egypt has a long-established relationship with UNCTAD, co-founding UNCTAD in 1964. Held on the highest level of coordination amongst member states, the quadrennial ministerial meetings aim at agreeing on UNCTAD work agenda over the next four years. Egypt contributed positively to the preparations for the 14th Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi, in July 2016.
UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. It supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively. It aims to help equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration.