Digital trade and dataflows: Drivers for inclusive development?

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What is the connection between digital trade, dataflows and inclusive development? How can digital trade provide benefits to developing countries and contribute to economic growth? What are the challenges for regulators and companies in developing countries?

Digital transformation affects all parts of economy, including companies’ production processes, as well as what and how they trade. This transformation is underpinned by cross-border dataflows, which is increasingly regulated (in different ways and to diverse ends). Both developing and developed countries are affected by this economic and regulatory development, but not in the same way. As the digitally advanced countries move forward, there is a need to ensure that developing countries are not left behind.

We are pleased to invite you to a conversation on how to make digital trade and cross-border dataflows work for all, as well as on what challenges and trade-offs that countries face related to this. Discussions will build on insights from recent UNCTAD and OECD reports as well as a firm and regulatory perspective from Africa. The presentations and following discussions will highlight the importance of digital trade and dataflows to economic development and poverty reduction as well as solutions to digital inequalities.


  • Torbjörn Fredriksson, Head of the E-commerce and Digital Economy Branch, UNCTAD
  • Silvia Sorescu, Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
  • Eugene Nyamunga, Trade Facilitation Lead, RetailPay Limited
  • Dr John Owuor, Director, SPIDER Center
  • Moderator: Sabina Ciofu, Associate Director, TechUK

The webinar is organised by the National Board of Trade Sweden and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The webinar is free of charge. 

When: Thursday, 19 May, 13.00-14.15 (CET)

Venue: Zoom

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For any further questions regarding this webinar, please contact Sophia Tannergård at or Julian Sievers at

sida_logo_black_short.pngIn cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)