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Papua New Guinea explores accession to Cross-Border Paperless Trade Agreement

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Ministry of International Trade and Investment (MITI) convened a comprehensive national consultation on 6th February to deliberate on the country’s potential accession to the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade (CPTA). CPTA is a UN Treaty whose aim is to make cross-border exchange of electronic data and documents among […]

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UNCTAD and UNESCAP embrace founding roles – Pacific E-commerce Alliance

During the UNCTAD eWeek in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 4-8, 2023, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) officially become founding partners of the Pacific E-commerce Alliance (PacifEcom), paving the way to strengthened collaboration for e-commerce development in the Pacific. The

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Henry Puna and Mere Falemka at the HIgh Level session on a Regional approach to e-commerce and digital trade in the Pacific

Pacific Region’s work on e-commerce highlighted at UNCTAD eWeek

The Pacific was under the spotlight at the UNCTAD eWeek from December 4-8, 2023, in Geneva, showcasing a regional approach to enhancing trade through technology and connectivity. Centre stage at the UNCTAD eWeek was taken with two High-level sessions featuring ‘A Regional Approach to E-commerce and Digital Trade in the Pacific’ and ‘Donor Roundtable –

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The Pacific Islands Forum addresses gender disparity in the technology sector

The Pacific Islands Forum joined forces with Outsource Fiji for the auspicious WinTech event, occurred on the 1st of December in Suva. This collaborative effort is geared towards addressing gender disparities in the Pacific’s technology sector and actively advancing the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan. Acting Director of Policy, Mr Joel Nilon, in his opening remarks

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Building Digital Capacity: PIFS Launches Second Cycle of E-commerce Rules for Pacific Policymakers

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) proudly announces the commencement of the second iteration of its E-commerce Rules Course for Policymakers. This blended course builds upon the training materials available on the Pacific E-commerce Portal, recently updated to reflect the latest developments. The opening of the 8-week part-time course was officiated by Mr Noah Patrick

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Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat E-commerce Rules Course, 23 November 2023 to 20 February 2024

Empowering Pacific Negotiators: The 2nd cycle of PIFS E-commerce Rules Course

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is gearing up for the second cycle of the PIFS E-commerce Rules Course for Pacific policymakers, scheduled from 23 November 2023 to 20 February 2024. The training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of Pacific Negotiators in working on and engaging with e-commerce rules. The growth of e-commerce has

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The Pacific E-commerce Alliance welcomes the Commonwealth Secretariat as its first founding partner

A significant moment in history of E-commerce development in the Pacific region unfolded today as the Commonwealth Secretariat becomes the first to sign the Statement of Intent for the Pacific Regional E-commerce Alliance, also known as PacifEcom. The Commonwealth Secretariat’s commitment to supporting e-commerce development in the Pacific is exemplified through this historic step. PacifEcom

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Regional workshop advances E-commerce legal frameworks in the Pacific

The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Asia Development Bank (ADB), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) hosted a 3-day regional workshop centered on e-commerce legal frameworks. The event, held at PIFS in Suva, brought together more than 40 legal, ICT, and trade officials from Forum

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UNCTAD eWeeK 2023

UNCTAD eWeek: Shaping Our Digital Future with Global Insights From 4 to 8 December 2023, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will hold the next edition of the eWeek. Digitalisation is one of the most influential mega-trends that will affect development outcomes in the short and medium term and determine our future.

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Registration open for E-learning Course on Legal Aspects for E-commerce

Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and delegates from Permanent Missions in Geneva have an exciting opportunity to enhance their knowledge in the field of e-commerce. Registration is now open for an e-learning course titled ‘Legal Aspects for E-commerce,’ scheduled to run from October 30 to December 8, 2023. The TrainforTrade Programme is the United

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Tuvalu paves the way for Cross-Border Paperless Trade with UN report launch

The Readiness Assessment on Cross-border Paperless Trade report co-launched by the Government of Tuvalu and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) offers an evaluation of the country’s ability to trade by enabling electronic trade processes and documentation across borders. According to UNESCAP, paperless trade makes international trade more efficient

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USAID’s Digital Connectivity Initiative aims to transform the Pacific

In August 2023, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched in Suva the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), a program aiming at accelerating ICT Infrastructure development and promoting a secure online environment in the Pacific region. Digital connectivity is a critical factor for the Pacific to integrate its domestic markets and move

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A step forward for the Pacific E-commerce Governance

In July 2023, the Pacific E-commerce Committee (PEC) approved the terms of reference of two sub-committees through an out-of-session decision. The newly approved Private Sector E-commerce Sub-committee and the Development Partners E-commerce Sub-committee mark a significant advancement in the governance structure that supports the Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap (the Strategy). With 54 measures,

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Solomon Islands launches M-SELEN mobile money service

On 12 June, Solomon Islands launched its third mobile money service, M-SELEN. Thanks to Our Telekom, Solomon Islands leading mobile network operator, and the support from the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the app will be a key enabler to financial inclusivity and online purchasing for the unbanked population. According to the Pacific Regional

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Launch of UN Report reveals Fiji’s digital and financial literacy landscape

In 2022, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) conducted a Digital and Financial Literacy Baseline Survey in seven Pacific Island Countries: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Fiji was the first of the Pacific countries where the survey was rolled out. On 27 July 2023, UNCDF and the Reserve Bank

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M-PAiSA Mastercard emerges as a game-changing solution for the Pacific

The Pacific E-commerce Initiative welcomes the launch of M-PAiSA Mastercard, an exciting addition to Pacific e-payment solutions. Through M-PAiSA Mastercard, the partnership between Vodafone and Mastercard in Fiji opens the doors for M-PAiSA customers to purchase products domestically and internationally with assured security. Vodafone Fiji Board Chair, Mr Joe Taoi, said, “The launch of M-PAiSA

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Grant opportunity: Digital Innovative Solutions to support Pacific Agribusinesses

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is inviting private sectors innovators to submit proposals on digital innovative solutions to support micro to medium scale Pacific Agribusinesses. The Pacific Agri-MSME Digital Innovation Challenge will offer grants of up to USD 80,000 and a range of support services to design and launch digital solutions that support

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Pacific Island participants complete course on Digital Identity for Trade and Development

46 participants from the Pacific obtained certificates of completion from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized course on “Digital Identity for Trade and Development” (DITD) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Participants that attended the training were from Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands,

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A new cross-border mobile money service launched in the Pacific

The Pacific E-commerce Initiative welcomes the launch of a new feature connecting Vodafone’s M-PAiSA and M-Vatu services and allowing cross-border money transfers. The new feature allows greater convenience to remit funds across the borders from Fiji to Vanuatu paving way for inclusive digital transfer solutions and instantaneous transfer. The new service directly implements Measure 5.1.4

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Solomon Islands approves Strategy to drive e-commerce development

Solomon Islands national Government launched its first National E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap 2022-2027 (the Strategy) on 28 April 2023. The Strategy is expected to accelerate digitization, spur the development of e-commerce in the country and boost trade. The Strategy envisages that, by 2027, e-commerce will be supporting businesses of all sizes and consumers across Solomon

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Grant Opportunity: PIF E-commerce Grant for Pacific MSMEs

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is now inviting grant proposals from members of the Pacific business community seeking to boost business operations through e-commerce. Launched on 4 May 2022, the regional grant facility is funded by Korea and managed by PIF. The facility aims to provide capital support to Pacific Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

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eTrade for Women Masterclass open to Pacific women digital entrepreneurs

The eTrade for Women Initiative, launched by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has been successful in empowering women entrepreneurs, including through hosting Masterclasses globally since its inception in New York in 2019. These Masterclasses, with a common goal of assisting women entrepreneurs in taking their businesses to the next level, have

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Fiji’s first ticketing marketplace is now live

A new online ticketing marketplace, TicketMax Fiji, aims at enhancing the ticketing and leisure experience in Fiji. This innovative platform is set to revolutionize the way entertainment enthusiasts across the country purchase tickets for their favourite events. Accessing the leisure industry may just never be the same again. The leisure industry poses a significant challenge

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Trade made easier with Solomon Islands’ new e-commerce platform

Launched in November 2022, Klikpei is Solomon Islands’ first national e-commerce platform and provides improved pathways to buy and sell goods and services for local buyers. The locally owned platform is accessible through website and mobile application, and managed by Island Tech Solomon. As of today, 14 registered  vendors trade a wide range of both

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Australia and PIF to improve e-commerce data in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and Australia have signed a grant agreement to improve E-commerce Statistics in the Pacific. The funding agreement worth $84,000 AUD was signed in Geneva in January 2023 by PIF’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador, HE Ms Mere Falemaka, and Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, HE Mr

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The Pacific E-commerce Initiative welcomes UNCTAD’s Digital Economy Report: Pacific Edition 2022

The Pacific Blue Continent became a torchbearer in expanding the wealth of knowledge of the digital economy as the first-ever regional edition of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) flagship Digital Economy Report  was launched on 16 February at the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva. The Digital Economy Report: Pacific Edition 2022 highlights

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First Pacific E-commerce Committee meeting and M&E report

A significant milestone was reached on 2 December 2022 with the inaugural meeting of the Pacific E-commerce Committee. This event marked a major achievement for the Pacific E-commerce Initiative by establishing a dedicated forum aimed at accelerating e-commerce readiness in the Pacific region. Guided by the Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap, the Committee is

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Registration Open for E-learning Course on Digital Identity

Registration is now open for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific to undertake an e-learning course on Digital Identity from 13 February to 31 March 2023. The training is part of United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) TrainForTrade Programme and has been crafted to meet the needs and expectations of the

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The Pacific Islands Forum becomes the 35th member of the eTrade for all initiative

The UNCTAD-led eTrade for all initiative has gained a new member. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) has formalised its engagements with the initiative, raising the membership to 35 partners. As the latest member of eTrade for all, PIF will contribute to bridging the gap on e-commerce learning and knowledge in the region and share the Pacific experiences with

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TrainforTrade blended learning to support e-commerce capability in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific

Thirteen Pacific countries will benefit from the UNCTAD-TrainforTrade, one of the partners of the Pacific E-commerce Initiative, blended learning strategy to boost the digital economy in Small Island Developing States. Officially launched on 15 July 2022 in Geneva, the project aims to foster digital economy development on three specific components – legal aspects of e-commerce,

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Ka Hao and PTI New Zealand deliver e-commerce skills to Pacific communities

The Pacific E-commerce Initiative commends the partnership between Ka Hao and Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand to deliver E-commerce education for our Pacific communities. To take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital trade, Ka Hao in collaboration with PTI New Zealand will provide training targeting emerging Pacific businesses. The aim is to promote their

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Tonga adopts its National E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap

The Pacific E-commerce Partners welcome Tonga for the adoption of its National E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap.  The Strategy was endorsed by Cabinet in November 2021. “The adoption of the Tonga E-commerce Strategy is an extremely important milestone in our post-COVID recovery efforts. At the core of the Strategy lies our vision to on-board everyone: women, marginalised

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Pacific Data Hub expands to cover Pacific E-commerce statistics

A comprehensive Pacific E-commerce Dataset is now online through a partnership between the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The dataset aims to assist Pacific Governments and businesses in making well-informed decisions regarding national and regional policymaking. The Pacific dataset on ecommerce is

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