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Fostering Effective Trade Logistics in a Digital World

19 April 2018

Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

This session during the UNCTAD e-Commerce week (16-20 April 2018) will be jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and International Trade Centre (ITC) on 19 April from 15.00 – 18.00 hrs.

A number of speakers from the trade logistics, transportation and in general e-commerce sectors as well as the public and private sector officials will participate in the event.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the buying and selling of products and services online, has grown exponentially. As a result, today, most of those with an Internet connection in the developed world, and increasingly in developing countries, would not think twice about conducting and completing personal transactions online. According to www.statista.com, retail e-commerce sales worldwide reached USD 2,304 billion last year, a more than 70% increase since 2014. It is also projected that online sales will almost double in 2021.

In this session you will have the opportunity to hear the views of e-commerce providers, logistics providers, and regulators on how the positive trend in e-commerce has revolutionized their world over the last four years. You will also have the opportunity to find out the views of these experts on those changes which are needed in order to foster more effective trade logistics in our digital world. From the discussion, you should also be able to identify collaborative areas and synergies that you would like to work on moving forward.


  • Ms. Ivonne Higuero, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE 
  • Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief, Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, Division of Market Development, ITC
  • Mr. Jan Hoffmann, Head, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Dulith Herath, Founder & Chairman, Kapruka.com Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Jacob Ninan , Co-Founder & Director, Kottackal Business Solutions, India 
  • Ms. Rosine Uwamariya, Head of Operations Division, Rwanda Customs
  • Mr. Lance Thompson, UN/CEFACT Support Unit, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE
  • Mr. Poul Hansen, Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, UNCTAD
  • Ms. Maria Ceccarelli, Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE
  • Dr. Mohammad Saeed, Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser, International Trade Centre