23 February 2022–Pacific negotiators are heading into a round of virtual sessions next month, aimed at stepping up their e-commerce skills. The training, through March and April, will focus on E-Commerce aspects of regional and multilateral trade agreements, and will support alignment of national disciplines with relevant international standards, such as those of the World Trade Organization.
More than 100 officials will become familiar with core disciplines such as e-authentication and e-signatures, unsolicited commercial messages, customs duties, free flow of data, data localization requirements and source code.
The two-week program is part of the Pacific Islands Forum “Accelerating E-commerce Adoption in the Pacific” project, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
It is run in partnership with the World Trade Organization (WTO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec) and the Australian Government.
Training impacts will help implementation of the Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap, validated by Forum Trade Ministers in August 2021 in their call for stronger digital governance, growth, and excellence in the Pacific. —ENDS