TRALAC webinar: Digital Trade for Africa, taking place on 25 October

Monday, October 25, 2021

This webinar will focus on specific issues policymakers need to address in responding to the challenges and opportunities offered by digital trade in Africa. The basis for the discussion will be the book ‘Adapting to the digital trade era: challenges and opportunities’, edited by Maarten Smeets which contains contributions by WTO Chair holders, members of the Advisory Board and WTO Secretariat staff. It explores impacts of rapid adoption of digital technologies on trade and development and the role of domestic policies and international cooperation in creating a more prosperous and inclusive future. Based on theory and practice, including lessons learned, speakers from leading African institutions and academia will focus on the issues pertaining to digital trade development and governance in African countries and offer suggestions on the way forward.
Opening remarks: Trudi Hartzenberg (Trade Law Centre, tralac)
Moderator: Maarten Smeets, World Trade Institute, Bern
Mustapha Sadni Jallab (WTO Secretariat) and Nassim Oulmane
(United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA):
Digital trade in Africa
Leila Baghdadi (University of Tunis, Tunisia): E-commerce and
global value chains in Africa
Tabitha Kirigi Nganga (University of Nairobi, Kenya): The case
of e-commerce in Kenya
Boopen Seetanah (University of Mauritius): The state of play of
e-commerce in Mauritius
Wilma Viviers (North-West University, South Africa): Are digital
advances and inclusive growth compatible goals?
Stephen Karingi (United Nations Economic Commission for
Africa, UNECA): Regulatory approaches to e-commerce in Africa
Closing remarks: Trudi Hartzenberg
Link for registration