Time of event

15:00–19:00 (Tokyo time)


While the COVID-19 pandemic has distressed economic activity in the physical world, e-commerce has endured and continues to play a critical role in reducing the detrimental effects of COVID-19 and building economic resilience.

More broadly, e-commerce retains the potential to improve economic efficiency, create jobs, narrow development gaps, and increase socio-economic inclusiveness. This includes enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to reach global markets and compete on an international scale.

Co-hosted by ADBI and the CAREC Institute, this virtual policy workshop will explore new opportunities for CAREC countries to utilize e-commerce and regulatory approaches that can help to maximize the trade and sustainable growth benefits in the region.

  • Enhance knowledge of e-commerce development and its economic potential in CAREC countries
  • Facilitate policy dialogue on e-commerce growth in the CAREC region, with a focus on legal and institutional issues
  • Promote e-commerce as an instrument for enhancing trade and regional economic cooperation
  • Approximately 50 senior and middle-level policy makers from CAREC or Asian Development Bank member countries involved in e-commerce development
  • Experts from ADBI, CAREC Institute, other international organizations and think tanks, and the private sector
  • All participants are required to have internet access and at least listening proficiency in English; simultaneous translation between English and Russian will also be provided
  • Sharing of e-commerce policy research and experiences
  • Greater understanding of e-commerce development issues at national and regional levels
  • Identification of viable policy options for boosting e-commerce development and utilization
  • Speaker presentations will be circulated to workshop participants
How to register

Register here.


Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute

Conference Presentations

Session 1.1: Regulatory Frameworks for E-Commerce Development in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Region
Dorothea Lazaro, Regional Cooperation Specialist, ADB

English, Russian

Session 1.2: Priorities for E-commerce Law Reform in CAREC
John Gregory, E-commerce International Legal Expert

English, Russian

Session 1.3: E-commerce Research Findings and Feasible Policy Options for CAREC Countries
Qaisar Abbas, Chief of Research Division, CAREC Institute

English, Russian

Session 2.1: Promoting e-commerce in Rural Area: PRC’s Experience
Bihong Huang, Research Fellow, ADBI

English, Russian

Session 2.2: Development of E-Payment System for E-Commence in PRC: Experience and Practices
Huang Changyin, Senior Economist, AFDI

English, Russian

Session 2.3: Global Resilient Supply Chain: Best Practices of Cross-Border E-Commerce Connection
Dongyi Li, Director of North America Markets, DHgate.com

English, Russian

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