The APAC region is witnessing remarkable growth in the e-commerce sector, with an estimated value exceeding USD 6.146 trillion by 2030. However, the sector faces various policy issues across countries in this region, which is adversely impacting the e-commerce users, like MSMEs, in cross-border trade. There is a noticeable gap in consultations and collaborations among the countries in this region. To fill this gap, ICRIER will be organizing the first Asia-Pacific Policy E-commerce Summit, with partners like the UNESCAP and the MSL Group. This Summit, which will be held in New Delhi on March 14, 2024, will provide a platform of policymakers and key experts for open-dialogue, partnerships, and collaborations. Through sharing of best practices, it aims to address some of the policy challenges within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. This initiative aims to bring together policy makers, academicians, industry experts, key opinion leaders, government stakeholders, and the media to foster comprehensive policy insights and promote an e-commerce-first approach to policymaking.
The summit focuses on specific themes that are under discussion in the APAC region, including cross-border e-commerce, data protection, consumer protection, and the impact of social media on e-commerce. These themes are strategically selected to promote cross-pollination of ideas and enrich policy insights. Each theme aims to engage experts from different geographies to share their perspectives and experiences. At the summit, ICRIER and UNESCAP researchers will help to facilitate the discussions by presenting their work and initiatives on e-commerce. ICRIER researchers will develop a policy brief from the summit.