Coordination of the Pacific E-commerce Initiative

Pacific Regional

About the Program

In 2017 the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has launched and consolidated a multi-stakeholder initiative known as the Pacific E-commerce Initiative. From 2017 to 2021 the initiative has focused on the development of diagnostic studies. These have informed the development and ministerial endorsement of a Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap (the Strategy) in August 2021.

Since 2022 the focus of PIFS and its partners has shifted to implementation. As of November 2023, 43% of the 54 Strategy measures are being implemented. Besides contributing to the implementation of some measures, PIFS coordinates the Pacific E-commerce Initiative with the view of ensuring efficient delivery, avoiding duplication, and obtaining best value-for-money for donors’ taxpayers.

Coordination is led by the PIFS E-commerce Unit through the following workstreams:

  • Coordination of information through establishment and management of a Pacific E-commerce Portal, the go-to place for current information on e-commerce development in the Pacific. It includes information on available technical assistance, practical business guides, technical reports, statistics, and news.
  • Establishment of a Monitoring & Evaluation Framework (M&E) for the Strategy, based on the Programs section of the Pacific E-commerce Portal.
  • Establishment of regional e-commerce governance mechanism, comprising a Pacific E-commerce Committee and two Sub-committees, one representing the private sector and one representing development partners. PIFS provides secretarial support to the Committee and the Sub-committees.
  • Advocacy and resource mobilization for implementation of the Strategy.

Start and End Date

January
2017
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Not Available

Geographical Focus

Pacific Regional

Main Beneficiary

Government and Private Sector

Status

Active

Donors

Australia

Implementing Agency

Contact Person

Andrea Ibba
Pacific E-commerce Coordinator

Policy Area

PA1. E-commerce Readiness & Strategy Formulation

Strategic Output

    • 1.1. National E-commerce strategies are developed and implemented in FICs, which are built on domestic consensus and inspired by the Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap
    • , 1.2. Statistics on E-commerce are available to inform national and regional policymaking of FICs and the formulation of donor-funded programmes
    • , 1.3. E-commerce potential and opportunities in the Pacific are visible and recognized internationally

SDGs

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