Jack Ma Headlines UNCTAD Summit on Future of e-Commerce in Developing Countries

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will hold the 2017 edition of its e-Commerce Week under the theme “Towards Inclusive e-Commerce” from 24 to 28 April in Gevena, Switzerland.

Founder and Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma is among the speakers. Ma is the UNCTAD Special Adviser for young entrepreneurs and small business.

The meeting comes at a crucial time when many Governments are struggling with the impact of the digital economy and its opportunities for global growth and inclusive development.

e-Commerce is an important driver of innovation, competitiveness, job creation and growth but most developing countries need assistance to benefit from the evolving digital economy.

The highlight of the Week will be the “Digital Transformation for All: Empowering Entrepreneurs and Small Business”, an interactive dialogue with ministers and representatives of government, international organizations, captains of industry, civil society, academia and youth that will take place on 25 April.

Among other dignified speakers at the high-level event will be Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD; Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization; Okechukwu Enelamah, Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria; Francois Kanimba, Minister for Trade and Industry, Rwanda; and Senegal’s Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Sector Alioune Sarr.

Ugandan journalist and news achor Nancy Kacungira will moderate the session.


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