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30 Sep 2020    Other/ in Press
Atkinson, Craig


A data-driven Future for Trade Governance and Sustainable Development

Blog post by Craig Atkinson published by the United Nations World Data Forum (2020)

Short summary:

  • For digital technology to assist governments in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), public service models require access to quality, timely, sources of data.
  • Traditionally, data in the form of outcomes, or statistics, has been used to inform and target policies, but greater utility may come from using data as an input.
  • Because trade governance involves negotiation, formulation and enforcement of rules by different institutions, robust data ecosystems increase the potential for digital automation and improved service delivery.
  • With the proliferation of cross-border electronic commerce, the developmental returns from trade are largely dependent on the future of data.

A data-driven Future for Trade Governance and Sustainable Development