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It is easy to assume that access to the digital economy is ubiquitous, and that online shopping is the natural evolution of commerce.E-commerce is only one facet of the evolving digital economy.Levels of digitalization may even influence whether countries are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the international community for tackling challenges like hunger, disease and climate change.That is why I believe more must be done to support poor countries as they strive to integrate into the digital economy.Unfortunately, only 1 percent of all funding provided by Aid for Trade an initiative by World Trade Organization members to help developing countries improve their trading infrastructure is currently being allocated to ICT solutions. Similarly, multilateral development banks are investing just 1 percent of their total spending on ICT projects, and only about 4 percent of this limited investment is being spent on policy development, work that is critical if digital economies are to be well-regulated.
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