South-South cooperation and e-Governance frameworks for e-Trade

Seminar in South-South cooperation and e-Governance frameworks for e-Trade

- Europe/Lisbon
Universidade das Nações Unidas Unidade Operacional em Governação Eletrónica (UNU-EGOV) Campus de Couros, Rua de Vila Flor 166 Guimarães Portugal


Regional economic integration has enabled e-Trade cooperation at reduced duties and other facilitated bureaucratic mechanisms compared to general trade, amid a complex regulatory framework that includes domestic and international regulations, as well as diverging customs procedures between countries. Trading blocs can thus play a crucial role to reduce these barriers and foster digital economy developments. Yet, there is a lack of necessary initiatives as a means of binding provisions aimed to stimulate economic growth through digitalization, paramount to increasing productivity, stimulating innovation, and creating job opportunities.

This seminar will discuss how e-Trade has not only become an important factor in economic diversification but also a tool to enhance South-South cooperation. It also proposes an integrated e-Trade system to implement a centralized customs procedure with simplified and unified duties and tariffs and harmonized and digitalized procedures based on Blockchain.


Dr. Renata Thiébaut is a Professor at GISMA University of Applied Sciences and the COO of Green Proposition consulting firm. Dr. Renata holds a doctorate in International Law and joined Harvard University as a senior Researcher (2018-2020) where she published various research papers. She is internationally recognized for advising governments and international organizations on e-trade, digitalization and governance, being awarded the 2020 Innovator of Year issued by the International Professional Women's Society for her training work to empower women and minorities.

If you require more information about this event, please email us: egov@unu.edu.


Renata Thiébaut

Professor at GISMA University of Applied Science

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