UNCTAD (UN Commission on Trade and Development) is increasingly creating interesting spaces for discussing the digital economy. Their first meeting of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts
was convened 4-6 October 2017 in Geneva. Our CEO Helani Galpaya was invited to speak on the specific challenges faced by developing countries in attempting to measure eCommerce activities. The meeting coincided with the 2017 Information Economy Report
, the annual publication by UNCTAD, which this year had the theme of “Digitisation, Trade and Development”. Helani’s talk
also mentioned the upcoming nationally representative surveys in 17 global south countries
(including 6 in Asia) as being a good source of data on ICT use by households and individuals as well as (in Africa) informal enterprises.
Helani Galpaya at first meeting of the UNCTAD Intergovernmental Group of Experts on 4-6 October in Geneva