Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna. [Photo Credit: Pacific Islands Forum]

SUVA (FBC NEWS/FIJI GOVT) — The data on e-commerce is absent or scattered.

This, according to Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna.

He said in line with the vision of the regional e-commerce strategy, the Pacific e-commerce portal, is a comprehensive online platform for digital trade.

Puna said the portal will also enable Pacific negotiators to access high-quality training and data in order to be effective implementers of digital trade rules.

“To ensure that e-commerce information reaches out to policymakers and all other stakeholders in helping them make informed decisions. Second, Pacific businesses and entrepreneurs have the toolkits to help them move their operations online.”

He said the e-commerce negotiations had taken place at the bilateral, regional, and international levels, and the Pacific is not exempted.

Puna said strategic partnerships are critical to addressing key policy areas such as e-commerce to ensure that our Pacific region fully benefits.

Meanwhile, “The Pacific Regional E-Commerce Strategy and Roadmap charts the way forward to boost digital trade.”

This was shared by Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya, during the launch of the Pacific E-Commerce Portal at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Wednesday.

“When implemented, these regional actions will help achieve the level of ambition set out by the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent – both in the thematic area of technology and connectivity, and in the area of people-entered development.”

“The Portal that we are launching today provides detailed information on such efforts. This information will not only benefit members who may seek support from certain technical agencies, but will also provide the foundation to monitor overall implementation of our Regional E-commerce Strategy.”

Minister Koya also acknowledged the graduates of the E-commerce Disciplines for Policy Makers course, for successfully completing this important e-training…. PACNEWS

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