Digital technologies are transforming global trade and business, presenting new opportunities for the Indo-Pacific region. Through the adoption and use of international standards, countries will be better equipped to realise the many benefits of digital trade.

The Indo-Pacific Digital Trade Standardisation Initiative is a standards trade enabling program. Standards Australia worked with counterpart National Standards Bodies (NSBs) and other stakeholders to identify and deliver institutional strengthening and capacity building activities.

This work assisted the region’s capacity to adopt and implement relevant international standards as a foundation on which to build a digital economy.

Participating Countries

Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh
Flag of Bhutan Bhutan
Flag of Fiji Fiji
Flag of Nepal Nepal
Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Flag of Samoa Samoa
Flag of Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Flag of Tonga Tonga
Flag of Vanuatu Vanuatu


The key elements of the Initiative were assisting Indo-Pacific countries to:

  1. Be more aware of digital trade and international standards that support digital trade
  2. Better engage in international and regional standards fora, and
  3. Improve their standards development processes and standards dissemination.

With increased awareness and capacity, each NSB is now able to play a more proactive role in supporting their economy’s integration into the global trading system.


Clare Hobern

Clare Hobern

International Engagement Manager

+ 612 9237 6073


An Australian aid initiative implemented by Standards Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.