As a result of the digital revolution, e-commerce is increasingly becoming the central channel through which global economic activity takes place. However, not everyone has equal access to digital infrastructure and digital knowledge. There is therefore a risk that certain segments of the population, as well as poorer countries, lose out on opportunities to participate in and benefit from the digital economy. This may result in growing inequalities not only within a country but also between countries.
This round table explored how the digital divide leads to digital inequalities and impacts e-commerce development and governance. It also examined how the digital divide is addressed in recent trade agreements and WTO negotiations: Do they go far enough to promote inclusive e-commerce? And what more can be done?
- Yasmin Ismail, Programme Officer, CUTS International Geneva
- H.E. Prof. Andrés Cárdenas Muñoz, Deputy Minister for International Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Colombia
- Torbjorn Fredriksson, Head of the E-commerce and Digital Economy Branch, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
- Marília Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher, DiploFoundation
- Jamie Macleod, Trade Policy Consultant; Research Assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science