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Central Asia: CLDP leads Digital Trade & Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Groups

DT and WEE Central Asia WGs

From September 5 – 8, 2022, CLDP hosted the first ever joint Central Asia regional working groups on Digital Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), held in Istanbul, Türkiye. The working groups gathered 74 government and private sector representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, who presented on new initiatives, progress, and challenges in their respective countries related to digital trade and e-commerce. The meetings also included experts from around the globe and international organizations, who touched upon best practices in digital trade, including digital connectivity, consumer protection, cross-border data flows, cybersecurity, data protection, stakeholder engagement, and facilitation of cross-border payments. The WEE sessions covered improving financial inclusion, facilitating delivery and logistics for SMEs, a skills-building session for women using e-commerce platforms, and a women’s networking engagement. The final day of this 4-day workshop served to generate actionable recommendations and solutions for e-commerce development and to broaden women’s access to national, regional, and international markets and commercial opportunities, as well as the development of a regional digital trade agenda.

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