Global Seminar Series: Unlocking the full potential of digital merchants

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 15 February 2023


ANU Online Zoom


Putu Sanjiwacika Wibisana, Maria Monica Wihardja & Santitarn Sathirathai


Lydia Napitupulu

Unlocking the Full Potential of Digital Merchants: Lessons from the second round of the COVID-19 Digital Merchants Survey

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Meeting ID: 846 0999 4505

Meeting passcode: 02907

8am - 9:30am WIB

9am - 10:30am SGT

12pm - 1:30pm AEDT

About the event

When workers’ livelihoods were affected by the pandemic, many sought income in e-commerce.

However, not all of them are thriving. Digital merchants face three main challenges. First and foremost, they are constrained by time, often because of other responsibilities such as childcare. The other two major obstacles are access to capital and a lack of business skills.

This event will explore what is needed to unlock the potential of digital merchants, from childcare to digital literacy.

About the speakers

Putu Sanjiwacika Wibisana (speaker) works as a Consultant in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity team, country office Indonesia. He works on various projects, mainly on the Indonesian digital economy, poverty, and COVID-19 monitoring works.

Dr. Maria Monica Wihardja (panelist) is a visiting fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and a former World Bank Economist in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice.

Dr. Santitarn Sathirathai (panelist) is Group Chief Economist and a member of senior management at Sea, a leading global consumer internet company. Sea’s businesses include Shopee, the largest pan-regional e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia.

This event will be in English

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