Time of Event

14:00-17:00 Tokyo time


Online commerce in developing Asia, enabled by accelerating digitalization, broadband internet access, and market demand, is at the forefront of the region’s digital economy growth. It is also opening new possibilities for women’s economic empowerment, offering family-friendly flexible work arrangements, a possible additional source of income, and a low entry barrier that can enable low-income female entrepreneurship.

Cohosted by ADBI and partners, this virtual conference will explore how rapid online commerce growth is affecting social and economic conditions for women in developing Asian countries. It will also discuss the latest research on challenges and opportunities for achieving greater women’s participation in the sector and related policy imperatives.

  • Examine the benefits and costs of women’s participation in online commerce in seven developing Asian countries
  • Identify barriers to women’s participation in online commerce
  • Highlight related policy lessons and possible solutions
Target Participants
  • Policy makers, researchers from think tanks, universities, and international organizations, and interested members of the public
  • Empirical evidence on the social and economic impacts of women’s participation in online commerce
  • Greater understanding of potential policy solutions
  • Research presented during the conference will be published as ADBI Working Papers and considered for publication in a journal special issue
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Economic Growth Centre, Nanyang Technological University
  • Japanese Association for Development Economics

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