Policy Areas

eTrade-for-all_Policy_545x542.jpgThe eTrade for All initiative focuses on 7 key policy areas of particular relevance to e-commerce development.

  • E-commerce readiness assessment and strategy formulation
    National assessments are essential to identify strengths and weaknesses in e-commerce readiness, as a basis for formulating relevant policies to harness the power of e-commerce for economic growth and social development.

  • ICT infrastructure and services
    Affordable and reliable ICT infrastructure is of paramount importance to e-commerce. In particular, universal coverage of high-speed broadband, regular upgrading of infrastructures and reduced artificial regulatory barriers should be pursued.

  • Trade logistics
    An effective and competitive national and international trade environment is vital for achieving effective e-commerce. Effective trade logistics and cross-border facilitation measures are key for the fulfillment of goods-related e-commerce.

  • Payment solutions
    Payment systems are rapidly evolving, opening up new possibilities for consumers and corporate buyers. However, in several countries, cash on delivery remains the preferred option. E-commerce users benefit from an environment where payments can be made safely and easily, using effective solutions involving banking and non-banking operators, with greater interoperability and universal connectivity.

  • Legal and regulatory frameworks
    Security and trust are fundamental for an environment conducive to e-commerce, creating certainty for consumers and businesses alike. Ideally, legal and regulatory frameworks facilitating online trade should strike a balance between trade development and compliance with domestic, regional and international legal instruments. In today's online activities, laws and regulations related to consumer protection, data protection and cybercrime are essential.

  • E-commerce skills development
    In many countries, enterprises as well as policy makers lack capacities and technical skills to harness e-commerce, hampering the uptake of online commerce.

  • Access to financing
    Several economies do not yet provide reliable financing solutions for early stage start-ups and growth-oriented businesses in the e-commerce ecosystem. In order to facilitate the growth of e-commerce and e-trade in developing countries, it is crucial to facilitate the evolution of a robust financial architecture that funds innovation and entrepreneurship at all points across the e-commerce value-chain.

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