E-commerce Rules Course for Pacific Policymakers (2023)

About the Project

The project supports policymakers from Forum Island Countries to formulate and develop national e-commerce legislation and negotiate and implement future digital trade agreements and E-commerce provisions in Free Trade Agreements.

The first part of training is devoted to build awareness of e-commerce and e-commerce rule-making on different (national, regional, international, etc.) levels, as well as to the overview of the scope and content of the key disciplines proposed in different negotiating / rule-making fora.

The second part of the training is designed to deepen participants’ knowledge of the e-commerce rule making through a closer look at the modalities and dynamics of e-commerce negotiations (with the JSI on E-commerce negotiations at the WTO  / RTA negotiations being used as a case study), a more profound exploration of development implications on the e-commerce ecosystem, and practical discussion on implementation of e-commerce rules involving the peers already possessing the relevant experience.

The course was delivered online from November 2023 to February 2024 to 40 policymakers, 30 of which graduated completing the course quizzes. A self-paced version of the course is available online on the Training Section of the Pacific E-commerce Portal.

Start and End Date


Geographical Focus

Pacific Region

Main Beneficiary




Budget ($)



European Union

Implementing Agency

Contact Person

Andrea Ibba
Pacific E-commerce Coordinator

Policy Area

PA4. Legal & Regulatory Framework

Strategic Output

4.2. International agreements on E-commerce benefitting FICs are negotiated and concluded.


4.2.1 Develop FIC negotiators’ skills on E-commerce laws and regulations to support negotiation and implementation of future digital trade agreements and E-commerce provisions in FTAs

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