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Afghanistan Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment

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The eTrade Readiness Assessment of Afghanistan focuses on examining seven key policy areas that are most relevant for e-commerce. Within each area, critical readiness gaps are identified and relevant recommendations are proposed to overcome barriers and bottlenecks to the growth of digital trade. Despite a challenging environment, the digital economy has demonstrated important signs of growth. The ICT sector is maturing rapidly, and e-commerce activity has ramped up. This assessment comes at an opportune time for the country to take stock of the e-commerce ecosystem and implement the recommendations to help support the ecosystem.

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Preface

The eTrade for all Initiative, launched at the fourteenth Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD in July 2016, is a practical example of how to harness the digital economy in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, notably Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, 8, 9, and 17. The initiative seeks to raise awareness, enhance synergies, and increase the scale of existing and new efforts by the development community to strengthen the ability of developing countries to engage in and benefit from e-commerce by addressing seven relevant policy areas.

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