Australian Services Roundtable Director Jane Drake-Brockman moderated the opening session in the Digital Trade stream at Geneva Trade Week on Monday 28 September, Session 3: Digital Trade and Services Trade – Are They Increasingly the Same?
Trade is increasingly going digital, blurring the distinctions between goods and services, commerce and e-commerce. Different regions of the world are adapting in their own way and the policy choices they make impact the speed of this transformation, channel its benefits, and sometimes hold back progress.
The session offered practical policy guidance on how governments can use their toolkits to navigate the complexities of digitization and the increasingly global services trade.
- In what ways has digitalisation changed how companies engage in international trade?
- What kind of policies will spread the benefits of digital trade more inclusively?
- What are the barriers to digitally-enabled services, and how can they be addressed?
- What’s needed for a global baseline agreement on the free flow of data?