Attended by 151 participants, the second webinar focused on the experience of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which provided useful lessons on e-commerce development for the rest of CAREC countries. These include broader digitalization, innovation and internet infrastructure, and enabling policies. Representatives from the PRC’s government, academe, and the private sector shared their insights and success stories including initiatives on regional cooperation, platforms that alleviate poverty, and mechanisms that improve resilience to pandemic. Director General Yu Benlin of the PRC’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and Director General Teresa Kho of Asian Development Bank (ADB) East Asia Department jointly delivered the Opening Remarks, highlighting the role of the government and the private sector and regional cooperation moving forward. ADB East Asia Department Director for Public Management, Financial Sector, and Regional Cooperation Division, Emma Fan moderated session 1 while MOFCOM Deputy Director-General Yang Zhengwei shared the main take-aways at the closing sessions.
Supported under KSTA 9712: Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the CAREC Program, co-funded by the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund and the PRC Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund (PRCF) and KSTA 9531: Enhancing Regional Knowledge Sharing Partnerships also supported by PRCF.