What UNCTAD Gets Wrong About the Digital Economy

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) serves a critical role. For many years, it has provided sound advice and “evidence-based policy analysis” to help developing countries craft policies that promote growth — but this time it substituted ideological rhetoric for evidence-based and rigorously researched advice. Download Access Partnership's white paper to find out what UNCTAD gets wrong about free trade and the digital economy.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) serves a critical role. For many years, it has provided sound advice and “evidence-based policy analysis” to help developing countries craft policies that promote growth and social inclusion, including thorough reports on data protection and the information economy. However, UNCTAD took a wrong turn in its recent Trade and Development Report 2018, titled Power, Platforms, and the Free Trade Delusion. Departing from its mission — and contradicting its own previous conclusions — this paper has substituted ideological rhetoric for evidence-based and rigorously researched advice.

The truth about the digital economy is very different. Download Access Partnership’s white paper to find out how.

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