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    UNCTAD e-Commerce Week

    Last updated: 29 April 2018

    The fourth edition of the annual E-Commerce Week was organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in Geneva on April 16-20. The e-Commerce Week represents a forum for various stakeholders to discuss the major e-commerce opportunities and challenges that arise and propose the actions that should be taken to maximize the benefits of e-commerce services for developing countries.

    A high-level delegation from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), headed by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady, participated in the e-Commerce Week.

    Organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as part of its annual conference “e-Commerce Week”, held in Geneva, a high-level session on "e-Commerce National Strategy" was chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD Isabelle Durant, with the participation of the Chair of the ‘Group 77 and China’ Ambassador Farukh Amil, Director of UNCTAD Division on Technology and Logistics Shamika Sirimanne and Mastercard's president of MEA Raghu Malhotra. In addition, experts from Saudi Arabia and representatives from the World Bank Group (WBG) and DHL participated in the session which was moderated by Ambassador Alaa Yousef, Egypt's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

    The ICT Minister delivered a speech, as a keynote speaker, at the session, where he reviewed Egypt e-commerce vision and strategy, and its significance in promoting economic and social development, while integrating with Egypt’s Vision 2030 to ensure the transformation into a competitive and diversified knowledge-based economy.

    The ICT Minister underlined the significance of the strategy in employing e-commerce as a tool to stimulate the informal business sector and integrate it into the official system; supporting the economic feasibility of small and medium enterprises; and encouraging entrepreneurship. This is in addition to creating new jobs and confronting daily challenges in the Egyptian society such as traffic congestion and environmental damages.

    Egypt’s National e-Commerce Strategy was launched at Cairo ICT 2017, held in December, and is a result a joint project between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), MasterCard International and in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Experts from the World Bank, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the World Trade Center, UNESCO and consultants from international companies have participated in preparing the strategy.

    The strategy includes a number of key pillars and a set of recommendations that support decision-making policies in the main aspects related to e-commerce. It also includes a number of projects and initiatives in support of this activity and provides the opportunities that qualify Egypt to be a regional hub for this type of trade. In addition, it provides a set of recommendations to address the challenges facing e-commerce in Egypt, benefiting from the successful experiences of countries, especially in the field of logistics, communications infrastructure, transport and trade facilitation, legislative and legal environment, e-payment systems, skills development, capacity-building and wholesale e-procurement.

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