Online Conference | ‘The Digital Marketplace and Development’, 5 May 2020


E-commerce has exploded over the past decade. Moreover, the online market for services is practically overtaking the same market for goods. Yet less developed countries like India do not have a seat at the table inside the WTO’s e-commerce division. Is this new “normal” being viewed through the old industrial lens and if so, how is it affecting the marketplace? How might developed countries play a positive role in helping developing countries to regulate their own online marketplaces?

To answer this question and explore the misunderstandings and misthinking surrounding digital commerce, International Development Policy, along with the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI), both based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, organised an online panel discussion on the Digital Marketplace and Development on May 5, 2020.

Prof. Richard Baldwin, Co-Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, introduced and moderated the event. Panelists included Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD, Prof. Susan Ariel Aaronson, Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, George Washington University, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Singapore to WTO and WIPO. Prof. Ugo Panizza, Editor-in-Chief of International Development Policy, concluded the event.

The event was characterised by a lively discussion on issues around e-commerce, including the governance of data-driven services and the role of multilateral organizations in regulating the international digital market.

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