Since 2000, the UNCTAD e-Commerce and Law Reform Programme has supported developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America in their efforts to establish legal regimes that address the issues raised by the electronic nature of ICTs to ensure trust in online transactions, ease the conduct of domestic and international trade online, and offer legal protection for users and providers of e-commerce and e-government services.
UNCTAD helps to build the capacity of policymakers and lawmakers at national and regional levels in understanding the underlying issues underpinning e-commerce. The assistance targets, in particular, ministry officials in charge of law reform who need to learn more about the legal implications of ICTs; parliamentarians who have to examine new cyberlaws; and legal professionals who enforce new legislation.
Key Issues Addressed:
- Electronic Transactions and Electronic Signatures
- Data Protection and Privacy
- Consumer Protection
- Computer Crime
- Intellectual Property
- Information Security
The programme is supported through funding provided by the Government of Finland.
26 November 2015UNCTAD delivers keynote address at the Swiss e-Commerce Conference
UNCTAD's 2015 Information Economy Report, subtitled "Unlocking the potential of E-Commerce in Developing Countries" was prominently featured at the Swiss e-Commerce Conference organized by NetComm Suisse - the Swiss E-Commerce Association - which took place in Baden, Switzerland, on 25 November 2015.
31 March 2015ECOWAS Countries discuss harmonization of cyberlaws
Representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met at UNCTAD seminar to share best practices to advance in cyberlaw harmonization in the fields of e-transactions, data protection and privacy, cybercrime, online consumer protection and taxation of e-commerce.
17 March 2015UNCTAD E-Commerce Week
"Enhancing e-commerce laws and regulations for inclusive growth and development", will be the focus of UNCTAD E-Commerce week (23-27 March).
24 September 2014Cyberlaw adoption in Latin America moves forward
Forty representatives from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean attended a regional workshop on e-commerce legislation harmonization held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 16 to 19 September.
23 February 2014UNCTAD helps West African countries harmonize cyber laws
Legislators from eight French-speaking West African countries attended an UNCTAD-ECOWAS seminar in Dakar, Senegal from 11-14 February, to discuss how to harmonize legislation on electronic transactions, computer security and personal data protection.
23 October 2013Public procurement can boost IT sector, experts say
Experts have said that fostering the development of local information technology (IT) sectors via public procurement must involve industry, government, development partners, and international financial institutions.
24 September 2013UNCTAD review of ASEAN e-commerce laws published
Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should boost their efforts to harmonize e-commerce laws to support regional integration, a new report recommends.