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Digital Cross-Border Trade Post-COVID:Paperless, Logistics Tech | Economic Empowerment | GZERO Media

How digitization is accelerating international trade

How did the pandemic facilitate cross-border trade?

It certainly helped move things along more efficiently in two ways, Nextrade Group founder and CEO Kati Suominen says during a livestream conversation on closing the global digital gap hosted by GZERO in partnership with Visa.

First, customs agencies in many countries (finally!) went paperless — a huge help for small businesses. Second, COVID accelerated the move toward logistics tech innovations like data-driven route optimization or drone delivery that make it easier and faster to deliver stuff.

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No Silver Bullet on Closing the Digital Access Gap | Economic Empowerment | GZERO Media

The weaknesses of a digital economy

Is there any downside to going cashless?

Not really, but there are challenges, Usman Ahmed, head of Global Public Affairs and Strategic Research at PayPal, says during a livestream conversation on closing the global digital gap hosted by GZERO in partnership with Visa.

On the one hand, digitizing payment allows the creation of other financial services around it — mainly access to finance for the unbanked. On the other, there are privacy and security concerns, although these also exist with cash.

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Post-pandemic Education Systems “Not There Yet,” Says UN Chief António Guterres | GZERO Media

Education’s digital revolution: why UN Secretary-General António Guterres says it's needed

All around the world, tens of millions of kids stopped going to school. Many of them only recently returned, and some never will.

Can we still turn this around?

Yes, but we need to rethink education, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says in a Global Stage interview with Ian Bremmer.

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