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Yvonne Theemann, Senior Program Officer, Trade and Development, FES Geneva Office


Session summary

Today's international trade world is dominated by digital innovation. Effective participation of ACP States in the digital economy is crucial to their trade and development initiatives. Although internet and mobile connectivity continue to rise in all parts of the world, severe gaps remain and trade inclusiveness is by far not achieved. Digital technologies change the world of work, of business and the private life of many millions all around the world. However, inequality is growing, and therefore the urgent need for enhancing domestic and international actions necessary to enable ACP states to implement development objectives including those contained in the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A recent World Bank study underlines that "although there are many individual success stories, the effect of technology on (…) expansion of opportunity for the poor and the middle class (…) has so far been less than expected".


  • Marwa Kisiri, Head, ACP Geneva Office
  • Roy Ombatti, founder, African Born 3D Printer, Kenya
  • Daniela Zehenter-Capell, Head of Division, Trade-related development cooperation, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany.
  • Cécile Barayre. Economic Affairs Officer, ICT Analysis Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)