E-commerce Strategies and Assessments

Pacific Regional

About the Program

In line with 2018 determinations by Forum Trade Officials, the Secretariat has worked relentlessly to support analytical and policy work aimed at improving E-commerce readiness in the Pacific region.

Through this program, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat supports the development of E-commerce National Strategies and Assessments. As of February 2024, 11 FICs have finalised reports assessing challenges and proposing solutions to promote digital trade in their respective territories. Besides providing guidance for country-level action, these national assessments have served as a robust evidence-base for the development of the Regional E-commerce Assessment. So far, five FICs have finalised their National E-commerce Strategies which will serve as roadmaps for how e-commerce can be used to support national development goals in the trade, services and industry sectors.

All the assessments and strategies undertaken so far draw on the test UNCTAD methodology, which focuses on seven key areas of critical importance for cross-border and domestic E-commerce development:

  • E-commerce policies and strategies;
  • Legal and regulatory frameworks;
  • ICT infrastructure and E-commerce support services ecosystem;
  • Trade facilitation and logistics ecosystem;
  • Payment solutions for E-commerce;
  • Access to financing initiatives in E-commerce; and
  • E-Commerce skills development.

Start and End Date

January
2017
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Not Available

Geographical Focus

Pacific Regional

Main Beneficiary

Government

Status

Active

Donors

Australia, European Union

Implementing Agency

PIFS

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

SDGs

Individual Projects Under the Program

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