Increased human activity and deeper global interdependence have created complex and unpredictable threats that can manifest as multiple shocks in terms of health emergencies, economic crises, conflicts, and natural disasters. There is a need to address multiple shocks. How do we do so? Shamika Sirmanne, UNCTAD’s technology and logistics director, explores. More
Kiribati sets sights on overcoming hurdles to e-commerce
To contain the spread of the coronavirus, Kiribati reduced physical contact among government staff by introducing in March electronic payment of salaries of those who were previously paid in cash. Many government employees who didn’t have bank accounts before the pandemic were obliged to open them.
These and other digital solutions used to fight the pandemic have given fresh impetus to the Pacific island nation’s efforts to harness the development gains of ICT and e-commerce. More