Andrew Crosby, Managing Director, ICTSD
How can trade policy frameworks ensure that the digital economy lives up to its promise of greater inclusion? This is a vital question for international and national policy makers who seek to harness the digital economy and to mobilise development objectives such as the engagement of SMEs and women.
Isolated regions and actors are increasingly able to operate at global scale from local bases, but they also must struggle against increasing regulatory fragmentation. Policy responses to the digital economy have often been uncoordinated and their impacts poorly understood, particularly from the perspective of inclusion.
What are the dimensions of inclusion in digital trade and where are the drivers and barriers to fuller inclusion? What measures are being undertaken nationally and internationally that could ensure digital inclusion and what policy options can advance the best of these at the WTO and elsewhere? What essential ingredients would a "digital inclusion" package contain?