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 will help 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 will be open to public and private sector organisations with local solutions for stimulating e-commerce activity. For further information on eligibility requirements, please see the E-commerce Aid for Trade Fund: Information and FAQs [Word 172 KB] | [PDF 108 KB].
The Fund’s first round, running from 31 July to 1 September, is focused on the ASEAN region. Eligible countries for Round 1 are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a concept note via DFAT’s SmartyGrants website. Applicants who successfully pass the concept note stage will be invited to submit a full proposal in the coming months for a final funding decision by November 2019.