The Contribution of Electronic Trade (e-commerce) Platforms to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


**Coffee will be served before the workshop**

Session 267

16:30–18:15, Monday, 12 June 2017 Room C1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

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A look at the secure ecosystem that supports the platforms and the ways it relates to governments, multi-lateral bodies, private companies and entrepreneurs

Facilitating the development of electronic trade / e-commerce platforms will have a positive impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), - especially in the least developed countries. At its turn, this would help to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment, thus making a contribution to end poverty and impacting positively on several points of the sustainable development agenda.

A concerted effort is necessary to overcome a series of obstacles that stand on the way towards making electronic commerce more accessible. Cross border electronic trade is complex and costly. Complying with international standards; meeting fiscal charges and dealing with customs requires know-how and financial means.

On the purely technical side, building a secure ecosystem where buyers and sellers exchange information and make transactions following protocols that create and enforce trust is a considerable challenge. Building trust in electronic transactions is only possible if cryptography is at the basis. Cryptography is a necessary feature of any secure e-commerce or electronic communication system, though handling cryptography is politically sensitive.

Then, comes the question of enforcing legal certainty in electronic commerce. Where are we on the international, cross-border recognition of electronic signatures? What does Internet governance have to do with it all?


Carlos Moreira Creus, CEO and Chairman, WISeKey


  • Bruno Masier, President, Steering Committee, World Trade Points Federation (WTPF)
  • A representative from G20 / B20 Task Force on the eWTP – to be confirmed
  • Speaker from the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Luca Castillani, Legal Officer, UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
  • Pedro Fuentes, Chief Security Officer, WISeKey
  • Daniel Nieto, E-Services and E-Commerce Expert, Universal Postal Union (UPU)
  • Ms. Maria Ceccarelli, Secretary, UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business
  • Nicolas Bürer, Managing Director, DigitalSwitzerland – to be confirmed
  • Marilia Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher, Diplo Foundation

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C10 logo C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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