Trade in the Digital Age: Can e-Residency be an enabler for Asia-Pacific Developing Countries? (ESCAP Trade Insights: Issue No.17)

Working paper20 Apr 2016

The advent of the digital age in international trade has opened new possibilities for countries at all stages of development. Digital trade can support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and increase economic prosperity worldwide. However, many developing economies, and particularly least developed countries, often lack the digital infrastructure and legal and policy frameworks to enable their citizens to seize these opportunities. This note reviews how the prospects for digital trade can be enhanced by “e-Residency” programmes which offer remote access to another country’s digital infrastructure.