Digital Commerce Online Course

Capacity-building for multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions

About the Training

This course aims to assist stakeholders from various sectors in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions.

It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is delivered by DiploFoundation (Diplo) and CUTS International Geneva, in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The course received funding support from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of UK.


The issues covered in the course include: (i) Internet functionality and online business models; (ii) Economic policy issues of relevance for digital commerce, e.g. taxation, e-payments and virtual currencies in online transactions,competition; (iii) Regional trade agreements; (iv) International trade negotiations and multilateral discussions at the WTO; (v) Digital commerce and Internet Governance, e.g. cybersecurity, network neutrality, cross-border data transfers and data localisation; (vi) Enabling environment for digital policy, e.g. competition policies, consumer protection, privacy and data protection, authentication and digital signatures; (vii) Emerging digital commerce issues: Internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence


The course is developed for public and private actors in developing countries and LDCs. It will benefit government officials who follow digital trade negotiations, members of the private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), academics, researchers in the field, and civil society organizations. While improving their knowledge on e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy aspects, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection and the implication of emerging technologies to digital trade, such as the Internet of Things and 3D printing.


This online course runs from 25 September to 18 November 2017. It brings together Diplo’s interactive online learning methodology and expertise in digital policies with CUTS’ knowledge and expertise on international trade and related issues.

Diplo’s online platform provides access to dynamic exchanges and the opportunity to interact with lecturers and other participants. Participants should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week study time. Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a course certificate issued by Diplo, CUTS and the Geneva Internet Platform.

Course fee

The course fee is EUR 1,000. Scholarships are available for participants from developing countries. Please indicate on the online application form if you are requesting a scholarship. All scholarship requests will be reviewed by the course organisers.

Learn more and apply

To learn more about this course and to apply online, please visit the course webpage: The application deadline is 7 September 2017.

For questions, please contact Ms. Marilia Maciel at

Key features


Developing and Least Developed Counry (LDC) stakeholders are better able to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions.


25 September – 18 November 2017



International Trade Center (ITC)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


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