International Economics is supporting the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to assess the opportunities for and the underlying obstacles to the development of e-commerce in the Pacific Region, and to develop, validate and disseminate a regional and sub-regional e-commerce strategy with a corresponding roadmap for implementation. Broadly, this project aims to contribute to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in the Pacific region through addressing the obstacles which undermine the development of e-commerce.

Specific activities include conducting and drafting an e-commerce assessment for the whole Pacific region with a separate section dedicated specifically to MSG; drafting Pacific and MSG e-commerce strategies based on the consolidated situation analysis and contents of the e-commerce assessments; and preparing an Implementation Roadmap for sequencing reform and to achieve an enabling environment for e-commerce for the Pacific and MSG.