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.