Trade in the digital world: opportunities to create decent and productive jobs

Trade in the digital world: opportunities to create decent and productive jobs
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Trade in the digital world: opportunities to create decent and productive jobs

9 Septiembre–4 Octubre 2024
El curso está disponible en English
Presentación del curso

In today's rapidly evolving global economy, digital trade has become an increasingly important driver of economic growth and job creation. With the rise of e-commerce, online marketplaces, and digital platforms, businesses of all sizes can now access new markets and customers around the world, creating new opportunities for job seekers and entrepreneurs alike.

The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) is partnering with the UN Trade and Development in order to fostering capacity-building initiatives and knowledge exchange in the realm of digital trade, job creation, and economic development.

This collaboration signifies a joint effort to empower individuals and organizations with the necessary skills and insights to navigate the complexities of the digital economy, leverage digital trade opportunities, and promote sustainable development through trade. Through this partnership, a synergistic approach is taken to address the evolving needs of the labour market, enhance understanding of digital transformation, and facilitate the creation of decent and productive jobs in a rapidly changing global landscape. The training course on 'Trade in the Digital World: Opportunities to create decent and productive jobs' is designed to provide participants with a deep understanding of the potential benefits, challenges, and strategies associated with leveraging digital trade to foster job creation and economic development. This course aims to get an overview on the concepts of digital trade and digital economy, it will explain the distinction between the traditional value chains and digital value chains and improve knowledge on how digital technologies in trade could be an opportunity to formality by presenting the tools and good practices of formalization of trade jobs and creating new productive jobs. This course will also focus on trade in services and discuss the nexus between trade, migration and development by explaining how trade could work for migration and how migration could work for trade. By the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge, insights, and practical strategies needed to capitalize on the job creation potential of digital trade, thereby contributing to a more resilient, dynamic, and inclusive labour market.

¿Quiénes participan en este curso?

The course is conceived to people affiliated to any of the following: - Ministry of trade, digital transformation - Employers' and Workers' Organizations - Trade promotion agencies, Research organization in digital trade - Digital trade, digital marketing experts - Other national, regional institution or NGOs addressing issues of digital trade and employment

Learning Objectives

The training course aims to:

  • Get an overview on the distinction between the digital economy and the digital trade, their scope and their focus
  • Acquire knowledge on the shift from the traditional supply chain to the digital supply chain and its impact on businesses and job creation
  • Get insights and sound understanding on E-formality and how does it relate to decent work and sustainable development
  • Acquire knowledge on trade in services and its linkages with migration.
Structure and content

The course includes 4 modules that cover several topics related to the digital trade, digital supply chain management, E-formality and trade in services and how these topics impact job creation. The training modules require 5– 6 hours of effort from candidates per week. On a weekly basis, learning modules are deployed:

Module 1: The shift to the digital trade: Concepts and background

  • Digital trade and digital economy

         - Understanding the distinction between digital trade and digital economy

         - Benefits of digital trade

         - How does digital trade impact small businesses?

  • Introduction to digital transformation
  • Why digital transformation is challenging?
  • Case studies and best practices

Module 2: Traditional Supply Chain Vs Digital Supply chain

  • What are the activities that could be digitalized?

         - E-procurement, E-logistics, E-invoices, E-transactions, E-marketing…

  • What are the challenges of digital work?
  • Decent work principles
  • Skills development

Module 3: E-formality as a solution to decent work and sustainable development

  • Introduction to E-Formality
  • How digital technologies in trade can be an opportunity to formality?
  • Tools and good practices of formalization of trade jobs and creating new productive jobs

Module 4: Trade in Services

  • Definition of trade in services
  • How are services traded?
  • Case study: Trade, migration and development

         - How trade works for migration

         - How migration works for the trade.

How to apply

The forum will be hosted in a digital platform developed by ITCILO eCampus

Applicants are kindly asked to send us:

  1. A completed online registration form:
  2. If you are financed by your organization (or a donor) an official sponsorship letter is required to finalize your registration. The letter can be uploaded to the application form or sent by email to
  3. If you pay the course fees directly, please note that the payment is due before enrolment in the course. More details about payment methods can be found here.
Our partners
UN Trade and Development
International Labour Organization

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