ModeratorAlfredo Suescum, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Panama
E-commerce makes trade more inclusive by enabling new entrepreneurs of Micro, Small and Medium-sized businesses (MSME), among them many women and young entrepreneurs, to reach global markets. But for some it is more difficult to start. Underdeveloped regulations that do not provide secure digital identities leave the would-be entrepreneurs in many countries faced with lack of trust from clients abroad and an inability to harness crucial cross-border financial services such as online payments.
The working session will assess transnational digital identities, pioneered by Estonian e‑Residency, as enablers for e-commerce giving entrepreneurs in developing countries equal footing to maximize their full e-commerce potential. Panellists will also examine the opportunities in development cooperation and Aid for eTrade to improve regulatory environments to facilitate e-commerce. A view from private sector will highlight the opportunities resulting from strong e-society and digital innovation for the agricultural sector. New ways of cooperation will enable everybody to benefit from the rise of e‑commerce and realize its immense potential for more inclusive trade.