The ambitious development goals proposed by the Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap (the Strategy) will be challenging to accomplish without the support of a sound governance mechanism.
At the core of this mechanism lies the Pacific E-commerce Committee, which is established under the auspices of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Its role is to monitor, coordinate and provide strategic oversight over the implementation of the Strategy.
Members of the Committee comprises National E-commerce Focal Points from Forum Island Countries. Strategy’s implementing agencies and donor partners can attend as observers. PIFS serves as the Committee’s secretariat. The Committee reports to Forum Trade Ministers through the Steering Committee of the Pacific Aid-for-Trade Strategy Working Group.
Following the recommendations of the Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap, the Pacific E-commerce Committee was established in 2022, and two Sub-committees for the Private Sector and Development Partners were also established in 2023.