PIFS E-commerce Rules Plus

Pacific Regional

About the Program

Building an enabling regulatory environment for e-commerce can create the conditions for accelerated adoption of digital trade by both merchants and consumers.

Forum Island Countries present significant gaps with respect to the understanding of e-commerce rules, which impair their ability to adopt existing disciplines and to actively negotiate new ones. Through this program, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) joined forces with selected partners of the Pacific E-commerce Initiative to establish a comprehensive training course on e-commerce rules for policymakers.

While important, the sole provision of training is insufficient to create an enabling legal and regulatory environment for e-commerce. Based on the positive feedback received from trainees and input from its consultants, PIFS consolidated and expanded its support to policymakers in the region through a four-step approach.

  1. An online legal repository
  2. A continuous training experience and an alumni community
  3. A Pacific Digital Economy Agreement
  4. A fast-track lane for acceding the WTO JSI agreement on e-commerce

Start and End Date

Not Available

Geographical Focus

Pacific Regional

Main Beneficiary





Australia, European Union

Implementing Agency

Contact Person

Andrea Ibba
Pacific E-commerce Coordinator

Policy Area

PA4. Legal & Regulatory Framework

Strategic Output

    • 4.1. E-commerce-related laws are made or amended based on UNCITRAL model laws as best international standard, plus other best international practices
    • , 4.2. International agreements on E-commerce benefitting FICs are negotiated and concluded


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