Africa launch of UNCTAD Digital Economy Report 2021

RIA is co-hosting the Africa launch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD’s) Digital Economy Report 2021. You are invited to participate in the launch which will take place online via the Zoom platform.

Date: 15 October 2021

Time: 11h00 SAST

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About the report

UNCTAD’s Digital Economy Report 2021 takes a deep dive into the development and policy implications of cross-border flows of digital data.

The Report provides a fresh and holistic view of international economic flows addressing issues such as the massive unmet trade, finance, investment and technology needs of developing countries struggling in the face of the COVID-19 challenge. It examines recent trends and global developments in the data-driven digital economy, and reviews existing data governance approaches at national, regional and multilateral levels.

The report argues that the world needs a new global governance approach to enable digital data to flow across borders as freely as necessary and possible.

UNCTAD says the new approach should help maximise development gains, ensure those gains are equitably distributed and minimise risks and harms. It should also enable worldwide data sharing, develop global digital public goods, increase trust and reduce uncertainty in the digital economy, says UNCTAD.

Read more about how inequalities threaten to widen the divide, as digital economy data flows surge on the UNCTAD website.