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Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director of the Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank Group


Digital technologies are playing a transformational role on international trade by expanding the opportunities for e-commerce of traditional goods and services, and by creating a new market for goods and services and services in digital form ("digital trade"). This new (or revamped) forms of e-trade have important implication for the way countries can engage in international trade, as well as for the global rules that apply to these transactions.

The session will hence seek to explore two key angles of e-trade:

    (1) Where does e-trade stand in the global governance landscape? The discussion will focus on e-trade is shaped by global, national, and regional rulemaking regarding trade, the Internet, and related areas, and how WTO Members can move towards increased coherence of governance in support of e-trade.

    (2) How is e-trade reshaping value chains and creating opportunities for developing countries and LDCs? The discussion will consider the implications on e-trade in companies' business strategies and their value chains, the opportunities this offers to middle- and low‑income countries, and the obstacles to take advantage of those opportunities. The goal will be to shed light on how the international community can support increased engagement in e-trade through appropriate policies and measures.


  • Daniel Crosby, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Paul Fehlinger, Deputy Director & Co-Founder, Internet & Jurisdiction 
  • Michael Ferrantino, Lead Economist, World Bank Group
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Hanne Melin, Director of Global Public Policy, eBay
  • Alfredo Suescum, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the WTO