December 19, 2019

In Washington and on campaign trails, trade and technology are evil twins spreading worry and anxiety. Trade is in a state of war, big tech is ending our privacy, and AI overlords are stealing our jobs. Yet behind the cacophony of tweets on tariffs and techlashes is im...

December 16, 2019

Nextrade is extremely proud to announce the launch of Alliance for eTrade Development II between USAID and 10 companies (Cargill, DHL, UPS, Etsy, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Ringier One Africa Media, Element Inc., and Latin American eCommerce Institute), to drive ecommer...

December 20, 2017

We spoke at two panels - Development and E-commerce: Rules and Cooperation Beyond Buenos Aires, and Online Platforms & Trade and Development: Impact and Enabling Frameworks, during the biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organized by the Internat...

December 20, 2017

The center of global economic gravity is shifting from the holders of physical assets to owners of digital networks and distribution. The benefits from digitization are transformational. Yet the trade ecosystem lags other industries: players are digitizing only gradual...

November 2, 2017

Nextrade presented on key priorities for ecommerce development in Southeast Asia at an ICTSD seminar on 30-131 October. See our paper here.

October 1, 2017

Although the volume of SME digital trade remains small relative to that of large companies, the effective inclusion of SMEs represents a high growth area and a tremendous potential gain for sustainable development, globally and particularly in developing countries.


September 21, 2017

Business for eTrade Development, nonprofit run by Nextrade CEO Kati Suominen, today launched "Alliance for eTrade Development", a new public-private partnership to drive ecommerce development around the world.

The initial members of the Alliance are USAID, King & Spaldi...

September 2, 2017

For UK exiting from the EU and U.S. that is out of the TPP, there is an opportunity to work together to explore new rules for the global digital economy. Nextrade CEO Kati Suominen is working with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to explor...

July 5, 2017

From GE Reports, 5 July 2017

Digitization and e-commerce are opening new opportunities for developing countries to promote entrepreneurship, job-creation and small businesses. However, the funding needs to haul developing countries over the digital chasms are gigantic.


July 2, 2017

Netrade CEO Kati Suominen was hired to contribute to the UNCTAD 's 2017 Innovation Economy Report, to explore especially the relationship between digitization and international trade, and propose new ideas to further cross-border ecommerce. 

May 7, 2017

For governments seeking to harness the promise of ecommerce to catalyze entrepreneurship, small business exports, and job-creation in their economies, unburdening small online sellers from arcane customs procedures and duties should be a top priority. The quick-fix is...

April 27, 2017

This article originally ran in Zocalo Public Square.

Consider two distinct worlds only a few miles from each other. One world is that of Jennifer and Nicole, recently featured in The New York Times, who have worked all their lives at the Carrier air conditioner factory...

April 27, 2017

In tandem with Huawei and eBay, Nextrade co-sponsored a lunch on trade policy priorities for the WTO Ministerial and beyond in December 2017 during the UNCTAD Ecommerce Week in Geneva. The lineup included:

  • H.E. Mr. Alvaro Cedeño, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the WTO


April 16, 2016

On February 11, 2016, the US Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which, among other things, raises the threshold for de minimis – the maximum value of an import that is exempt from customs duties and complicated rules of origin – fro...

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