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Aid for trade

E-commerce Aid for Trade Fund

On 13 March 2019, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne, and the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, jointly announced a new $4.5 million E-commerce Aid for Trade Fund. This initiative is helping developing countries in the Indo‑Pacific region maximise the benefits of digital trade by building their e-commerce capabilities.

Through the Fund, grants of up to $500,000 are open to public and private sector organisations with local solutions for stimulating e-commerce activity. The Fund’s first round was held in 2019, with a focus on developing countries in the ASEAN region.

The Fund’s second round will be open from 28 January to 15 March 2020, with a focus on the Pacific and Timor-Leste. Eligible countries for Round 2 are Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. For further information on eligibility requirements, please see the E-commerce Aid for Trade Fund: Information and FAQs [Word 180 KB] | [PDF 100 KB].

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a short proposal via DFAT’s SmartyGrants website. Applicants who successfully pass this stage will be invited to submit a full proposal in the coming months for a final funding decision by around May 2020.

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