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Helpful Resources

Opening and the Alliance's Why

Speakers from CSIS, USAID, Palladium, and Nextrade Group introduce the event, the eTrade Alliance, and its successes so far.

Plenary 1: Alliance Initiatives to Enable SMEs in eCommerce

In a panel moderated by Michael Poor, Senior Manager at Nextrade, speakers from the eCommerce Institute, UPS, Google, BrighterMonday, Mastercard, DHL, AMVO, and UpSkill Digital discuss their Alliance projects and how they define that success within those projects.

Plenary 2: Alliance's Management Approaches

This panel was moderated by Brett Johnson, Director at Palladium, delve into the Alliance's approaches to adaptive management within its projects, revolutionizing the landscape of trade and ecommerce.

Plenary 3: Future of Private Sector Development Through eCommerce

Kati Suominen, Founder and CEO of Nextrade Group and Alliance Technical Director, moderates this panel that highlights the private sector partner perspective on the relevance of the eTrade Alliance today. Speakers from UPS, Mastercard, DHL, and The African Talent Company share their insights.

Breakout 1: Alliance's Approaches to Promote Ecommerce Ecosystems

Shannon Gaffney, Director, Nextrade Group moderated the panel. At a panel discussion during the Evidence Summit, industry leaders shed light on the intricacies
of developing ecommerce ecosystems, unraveling both challenges and opportunities. The discussion also
underscored the need for partnerships that are thoughtful, creative, and evidence driven.

Breakout 2: How to Drive Policy Reforms Conducive to Ecommerce

Kati Suominen, CEO of Nextrade Group, opened the panel by noting the the eTrade Alliance is at the
forefront of a global drive to promote digital and trade policies to enable MSME ecommerce. The panel discussion featured experts from Google, DHL, Mastercard, and UPS, key challenges,
opportunities, and strategies to effect policy change were explored. The consensus is clear – there is
much work to be done, but with a sustained collaborative effort, positive changes can be achieved.

USAID Private Sector Engagement Policy

USAID published its Private Sector Engagement Policy as an agency-wide call to action to work together with the private sector and improve development and humanitarian projects across all sectors.

USAID Digital Strategy

USAID released its Digital Strategy for 2020-2024, highlighting the digital transition and importance of
the development of digital technologies in the world.

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