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Priorities for the Public-Private Initiatives in Advancing Digital Trade

19 April 2016 , Palais des Nations, Geneva

digital trade

Digital trade reforms can empower new forms of commerce and cut frictions in our increasingly digitized economy. However, building on the digital trade policy options proposed by the E15 Initiative, leaders at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in 2016 highlighted a need for friendlier digital trade and investment policy going forward.

Many efforts are currently underway relating to data flows, privacy, intellectual property, consumer protection, intermediary liability, digitization of government services, digital infrastructure investments and more. Yet, where is the gap greatest and how can public-private coalitions most usefully advance a roadmap for reform? To address this issue, the private breakfast organised by the World Economic Forum on April 19 explored opportunities for public-private partnerships to advance digital trade.

Participants at this event included a vast variety of high-level representatives from the spheres of governance, academia and the private sector.