Digital economy in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

TrainForTrade blended learning strategy to boost the digital economy in Small Island Developing States of Africa, the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific


TrainForTrade blended learning strategy to boost the digital economy in Small Island Developing States of Africa, the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific

This project is financed by United Nations Development Account Tranche 14. Code: 2225F

It will be implemented in collaboration with The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/ the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) , the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the United Nations Resident Coordinator System, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Courses of this project are delivered in collaboration with the Pacific Digital Economy Programme, a joint initiative of UNCDF, UNDP and UNCTAD, with financial support from the Government of Australia.


This project will strengthen the capacities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific to adopt trade policies that foster digital economy development and enhance crisis responsiveness. It will develop the skills and knowledge with innovative approaches based on a recognized blended learning method and state-of-the-art technological solutions.

The project is structured in three different components:

  • Legal aspects of e-commerce
  • Digital economy statistics
  • Digital identity for trade and development

Target countries and partners

The project covers 38 Small Island Development States.


  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu


  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS)

  • Bahrain
  • Cabo Verde
  • Comoros
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore

Legal aspects of e-commerce

This component of the project will enhance the capacities of lawmakers, government officials and other stakeholders in all aspects to be considered for the drafting of electronic commerce laws.


  • Regulating e-commerce
  • The legal validity of electronic communications
  • Consumer protection
  • Protecting intellectual property assets
  • Content regulation
  • Taxing e-commerce
  • Privacy online
  • Securing e-commerce

Target population for this component:

  • Policy makers in charge of defining and elaborating general policy guidelines
  • National legal frameworks for e-commerce
  • Lawyers involved in electronic commerce issues
  • Service providers offering on-line products and services

Digital Identity for Trade and Development

This component of the project will increase knowledge on solutions to common challenges implementing e-commerce at policy level and for small to medium sized enterprises. Awareness of the risks and challenges with digital authentication in the next frontier with e-commerce and security.


  • Fundamental Concepts of Digital Identity
  • Data Protection
  • ID Usage
  • Governance
  • ID Technology Solutions & Risks
  • Digital Trade Agreements

Target population

  • Ministry in charge of e-commerce
  • Telecommunication/ICT
  • Trade
  • Revenue/Tax/Finance authorities

Digital Economy Statistics

This section will be developed and launched in 2023.

Blended learning approach

TrainForTrade has a long-standing experience in blended learning, combining Asynchronous Instructor-Led Online Learning activities and face-to-face workshops following the TrainForTrade methodology.

Blended learning gives trainees as well as trainers more flexibility in the training process. Access to knowledge and information can take place across time and distance using technologies.

This project entails online “Design a Curriculum” sessions, interactive online courses, interactive online workshops, webinars as well as a high-level hybrid conference.


The project will fulfil its objective with two expected outcomes:

  • Enhanced understanding by key actors from beneficiary countries on legal and practical aspects of digital economy
  • Strengthened capacities of policymakers of beneficiary countries in designing digital economy policies to promote new digital services and develop digital authentication methods

Related links and documents

Dec Acc 14 TFT SIDS presentation 15 July 2022

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