The Association of Southeast Asian Nations ("ASEAN") was the first developing region to prepare a harmonized e-commerce legal framework.
I cannot stress enough the importance of holding this workshop, as it is very much in line with our objective for a united ASEAN community by 2015. We have identified the challenges we need to overcome, and looked at the emerging technologies that have the potential to significantly affect electronic commerce in the near future.
Louis Napoleon Casambre, Under secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, the Philippines, in the opening statement at the joint ASEAN/UNCTAD workshop.
UNCTAD supported ASEAN as it sought to meet the objectives of its ICT Masterplan 2015 through:
- Online surveys of ASEAN member State government representatives and e-commerce businesses on legal frameworks for e-commerce ;
- Regional workshop to discuss advances and challenges in adopting and enforcing e-commerce legislation;
- Review of e-commerce laws and developments in the region; and
- Separate capacity-building and awareness-raising workshops for policymakers and lawmakers from Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic from 2003 to 2009, and provided assistance to those governments as they drafted e-commerce legislation.
In 2013, the ASEAN Secretariat and UNCTAD published a comprehensive review of e-commerce legislation harmonization in the region.