Hinrich Foundation Digital Trade Research Project
Published 04 February 2019
At the Hinrich Foundation, we consider open digital trade to be a growth opportunity for countries as well as an enabler of major productivity improvements for sectors beyond the digital sector. However, we identified that policymakers, businesses and other stakeholders needed more information to have a robust discussion about ways to harness the benefits and manage potential risks related to digital trade.
The digital economy and the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution hold enormous promise for countries’ future prosperity. As economies rely increasingly on digital goods and services, regulatory frameworks and trade policies must be updated to meet the needs of the digital economy.
Together with local business community groups, we commissioned AlphaBeta to size the value of the digital trade opportunity (both for exports and the domestic economy) and to assess risks for eight economies in the Asia-Pacific – Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.
Our objectives for this research project included:
- Sizing the value of the digital trade opportunity for exports and the domestic economy
- Measuring the opportunity cost of having a closed digital policy
- Identifying the risks of an open digital policy and ways to address them
- Recommending key policy actions for helping economies harness the benefits and manage potential risks
Explore findings for each economy
Read an in-depth analysis for each economy by clicking the country names below.
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In the news
Coverage of our Digital Trade Research Project findings
Hinrich Foundation's India Digital Trade report evaluates the benefits of digital trade to the domestic economy of India.
Hinrich Foundation's India digital trade report, launched event in New Delhi on July 25, 2019, was featured in the government-affiliated website.
Hinrich Foundation Philippines Digital Trade report was mentioned in this article on Philippines economy amid COVID-19.
Hinrich Foundation Director of Public Affairs and Communication Berenice Voets gave insights on India's Digital Trade report.
Findings from the India Digital Trade report revealed in an event launch in New Delhi on July 25, 2019.
Coverage about findings from the India Digital Trade report and how restricting cross-border data flow will hurt digital trade.
Stephen Olson discusses the Philippine digital trade industry and how it should invest more in information and communications technology to fully tap into the potential of digital trade.
Coverage about Hinrich Foundation's China Digital Trade report, which launched in Beijing, China, on March 21, 2019.
Hinrich Foundation Indonesia Digital Trade report expects domestic digital trade to be the biggest support for the country’s economy by 2030.
Coverage about Hinrich Foundation's Australia Digital Trade report, titled “From Resource Boom to Digital Boom: Capturing Australia’s digital trade opportunity at home and abroad”.
Read about the launches of our country reports across the Asia-Pacific region
16 October 2019
Hinrich Foundation was delighted to support the SME Digital Economy Summit at Grand Copthrone Waterfront on October 16, 2019, in Singapore.
29 July 2019
The latest report is the seventh in the series of country reports on digital trade in Asia-Pacific.
03 June 2019
On May 31, 2019, the Hinrich Foundation and AlphaBeta Advisors released the sixth in its series of country reports on digital trade at a launch event in Makati City, Philippines hosted by the Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce.
28 March 2019
Hinrich Foundation partnered with Malaysia Australia Business Council, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and AlphaBeta to launch a new report, titled “The Data Revolution: How Malaysia can capture the digital trade opportunity at home and abroad”, on March 20, 2019, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
28 March 2019
On March 26, 2019, Hinrich Foundation in partnership with Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) and AlphaBeta launched a report, titled “The Data Revolution: How Vietnam can capture the digital trade opportunity at home and abroad,” in Hanoi, Vietnam.
25 March 2019
The Hinrich Foundation, in collaboration with Center for China and Globalization (CCG), launched a research report on digital trade in China, titled “The Digital Revolution: How China Can Capture the Digital Trade Opportunity at Home and Abroad”, on March 21, 2019, in Beijing, China.
15 February 2019
The Hinrich Foundation with Alphabeta released a research report on Digital Trade in Indonesia, titled “The Digital Komodo Dragon: How Indonesia can capture the digital trade opportunity at home and abroad”, on February 12, 2019, at a launch event held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
18 October 2018
On October 10, 2018, the Export Council of Australia and the Hinrich Foundation released a new report entitled “From Resource Boom to Digital Boom: Capturing Australia’s digital trade opportunity at home and abroad” at a launch event in Sydney, Australia.