Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements


Programme and presentations for the seminar on government facilitation of e-commerce for development on 14 June 2001

The seminar was organized under the auspices of the WTO Committee on Trade and Development. The proceedings were intended to serve as an input into the Committee's consideration of the issue of electronic commerce as part of the overall WTO Work Programme.  Participation was open to WTO Members and Observers. 


First Session: Regulation and deregulation back to top

Which domestic legal framework is the most appropriate to reap the benefits of e-commerce?

> Mr. Andrew Stoler, Deputy Director-General, WTO

> Mr. Richard Bourassa, Director, International Policy, E-Commerce Branch, Industry Canada
Download “Global E-Commerce: Enablers and Barriers”, powerpoint presentation, 331KB

> Ms. Lyndall Shope-Mafole, Minister Plenipotentiary for Communication, South African Embassy, Paris

> Mr. Carlos Moreno, Legal Officer,  E-commerce Branch, SITE, UNCTAD
Download “Brief Overview of Selective Legal and Regulatory Issues in Electronic Commerce”, powerpoint presentation, 94KB

> Mr. Juan A. Avellan, Chief Legal Officer, WISeKey.
Download “Regulatory Considerations for the Establishment of a Global Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)”, powerpoint presentation, 331KB

Second Session: Promotion of modern information and communication technologies back to top

What action can be taken at the government level to encourage domestic production and research, foreign direct investment and the dissemination of modern ICT?

> Mr. Hiromi Yano, Chairman, Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products

> Mr. Gerardo Casanova, Director de Economía Digital, Subsecretaría de Comercio Interior, Secretaría de Economía, Mexico
Download “Programa Especial para el Desarrollo de la Economía Digital (Proyecto)”, powerpoint presentation, 105KB
> Mr. Kenneth Schagrin, Director for Telecommunications Trade and Electronic Commerce Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's Office, United States

> Mr. Alexander Ntoko, Project Manager, Electronic Commerce for Developing Countries, ITU
Download “Addressing the Technology Challenges through Partnership”, powerpoint presentation, 2.5MB

Lunch break

Third Session: Education and information back to top

What human skills are necessary to benefit from e-commerce? How are those who could make use of e-commerce informed? What role should the government play?

Mr. Peter Tulloch, Director, Development Division, WTO

> Mr. T.A. Khan, Technical Director, National Informatics Section, India
Download “Electronic Commerce — Education and Information”, powerpoint presentation, 239KB

> Mr. Philippe Chauve, Coordinator, Information Society and Electronic Commerce, European Communities Commission
Download “eEurope and ECampus”, powerpoint presentation, 240KB
Download “eEurope, an information society for all”, pdf format, 28KB
See also the website
> Mr. Samir Bili, Chief, Human Resource Development Section, Division of Trade Support Services, ITC.
Download powerpoint presentation, 1MB

Fourth Session: Government coordination/task-force on e-commerce
back to top

How does a government coordinate internally for a country to benefit from e-commerce? Who should be involved? Is a task-force necessary?

> Amb. Nathan Irumba, Chairman, Committee on Trade and Development

> Mr. Oscar Hernández, Ministro Consejero, Permanent Mission of Venezuela
Download “Task Force for the Facilitation of E-commerce for Development”, powerpoint presentation, 117KB

> Ms. Monica Lövström, Political Advisor, Industry Ministry, Sweden
See “A coordinated policy for the development of electronic commerce

> Mr. Ramamurti Badrinath, Director, Division of Trade Support Services, ITC
Download “ITC — Your Partner in Trade Development”, powerpoint presentation, 1MB

> Mr. Daewon Choi, Economic Affairs Officer, Enterprise Development Section, Trade Division, UNECE.
Download “Development and Coordination of
E-Transition Initiatives”, powerpoint presentation, 271KB

> Guide to
downloading files.

N.B. You should download these documents rather than calling them into view through the browser since the formatting may change (eg. paragraph numbering) when viewed through the browser.