21 June: Digital Economy, Trade and Development

This seminar was held on June 21st, 2017.

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The digital economy and e-commerce are becoming increasingly important in everyday life, with significant implications for the future of trade, production and development.

The event will address questions such as:

  • What are the development implications of the digital economy?

  • How can we bridge the e-commerce divide?

  • How should cross-border data flows best be regulated? 

Welcome to a full day seminar, organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, UNCTAD and the National Board of Trade.

Date: 21 June 2017
09.00 –17:00
Venue: Rosenbad Conference Centre
Drottninggatan 5, Stockholm, Sweden
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Programme (tentative)

08.30 - 09.00

Coffee and registration

09.00 - 09.15

Opening remarks

Karin Olofsdotter, Director-General for Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

09.15 - 10.15

Session 1: Development implications of the new digital divide

Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
Helani Galpaya, CEO, LirneAsia
Rene Summer, Director Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson 
Moderator: H.E. Daniel Blockert, Swedish Ambassador to the World Trade Organization

10.15 - 10.45

Coffee break

10.45 - 12.00

Session 2: Bridging the E-commerce Divide

 H.E. Tauqir Shah, Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Pakistan
Marcos Vaena, Chief, Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, International Trade Centre
Candace Nkoth Bisseck, eCommerce Country Manager, Jumia Group, Cameroon
Moderator: Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD

13.00 - 14.00

High Level Session

H.E. Ann Linde, Minister of EU Affairs and Trade, Sweden
Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
H.E. Marcelo Cima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the WTO and UN in Geneva
Moderator: Anna Stellinger, Director-General, National Board of Trade

14.00 - 15.30

Session 3: Data flows, trade and regulations

Magnus Rentzhog, Senior Adviser, National Board of Trade
Hanne Melin, Director, eBay Public Policy Lab
Harsha Liyanage, CEO and Co-Founder at, Sri Lanka
Chris Connolly, Director, Galexia
Christophe Kiener, Head of Unit, Trade in Services, DG Trade, EU Commission
Moderator: Hosuk Lee Makiyama, Director, ECIPE

 15.30 - 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 - 17.00

Concluding discussion

Anna Stellinger, Director-General, National Board of Trade
Victor Do Prado, Director of Council and TNC Division, World Trade Organization
Hans Magnusson, Acting Head of Department for International Organisations and Policy Support, Sida
H.E. Tauqir Shah, Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Pakistan
H.E. Marcelo Cima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the WTO and UN in Geneva
More participants to be confirmed
Moderator: Jonas Borglin, CEO, International Council of Swedish Industry

17.00 - 18.00


Hope to see you in Stockholm!

Register to this event

Register by sending an e-mail to Fredrik Andersson,

We would like your registration by 15 June the latest.

For other inquiries about the event, please contact Fredrik Andersson on the address above.

This event is free of charge.


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