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Kofi A. Annan
Secretary-General of the United Nations

The emergence of electronic commerce over the past decade has radically transformed the economic landscape. For developing countries, the digital revolution offers unprecedented opportunities for economic growth and development, as entrepreneurs from Bangalore to Guadalajara to Dakar will testify. On the other hand, countries that lag behind in technological innovations risk being bypassed by the competitive edge of those using the new technologies.

The Electronic Commerce and Development Report 2001 reviews trends that developing countries need to be aware of as they try to position their economies to take advantage of ICT and the Internet. It provides basic facts and figures about electronic commerce and discusses the impact on sectors of particular relevance to developing countries. It also suggests, with concrete examples, ways in which developing countries can create, the necessary enabling environment for e-commerce.

The ICT age has dawned, but not yet for all. This Report, which will serve as a useful reference for the United Nations Task Force on ICT, aims to help policy makers and practitioners in developing countries understand the nature of the network economy, and develop the infrastructure, capabilities, flexibility and openness with which they can reap its benefits. As a contribution to our collective efforts to unite the great promise of ICT with the needs of the poor, it merits the widest possible readership.


E-commerce and Development Report 2001

Table of Contents

  • FOREWORD
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • EXPLANATORY NOTES AND ABBREVIATIONS
  • TRENDS AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                 Download

Part One: FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

Chapter 1
MEASURING ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

A. Estimating or measuring electronic commerce?
B. What do we want to measure? Towards a working definition of
    e-commerce
C. What are the priority indicators for e-commerce?
D. How do we measure e-commerce?
E. A model survey for measuring e-commerce
F. How do we prepare for e-commerce surveys?
G. Conclusion and outlook for the future

Chapter 2
ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: A COMPUTABLE GENERAL EQUILIBRIUM ANALYSIS

A. Introduction
B. E-commerce and cost savings
C. E-commerce and productivity growth
D. The impact of e-commerce on the global economy: a CGE analysis
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Part Two: IMPACT OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCE ON SELECTED SECTORS

Chapter 3
ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND TOURISM FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

A. Introduction
B. Towards e-tourism
C. Destination organizations
D. Directions for action

Chapter 4
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS ELECTRONIC MARKETPLACES: THEIR NATURE, IMPACT AND PROSPECTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

A. Introduction
B. The main features of B2B e-markets
C. The market structure of e-markets and competition policy
D. The evolution of e-marketplaces
E. The functionality and impact of B2B e-markets
F. Participation by developing countries in B2B e-markets
G. Future trends in B2B e-markets
H. Summary

Chapter 5
TOWARDS DIGITAL GOVERNMENT

A. Introduction
B. A revolution biding its time
C. The incentives to go on-line
D. Delivering e-government
E. A few starting points
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Part Three: ELECTRONIC COMMERCE ENVIRONMENT AND PRACTICES

Chapter 6
OVERVIEW OF SELECTED LEGAL AND REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS IN ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

A. Introduction
B. Dispute resolution
C. Applicable law
D. Privacy and data protection
E. Other legal and regulatory rules
F. Fiscal and customs regulations
G. Policy recommendations

Chapter 7
MANAGING PAYMENT AND CREDIT RISKS ONLINE: NEW CHALLENGES FOR FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

A. Introduction
B. Conventional and electronic payments prior to Internet
C. Making payments on-line
D. Online Payments, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability

Chapter 8
E-LOGISTICS: DELIVERING THE GOODS IN E-COMMERCE

A. Introduction
B. The implications of e-commerce for order fulfilment and logistics
C. How e-fulfilment is handled?
D. Capabilities of software applications that support e-logistics
E. E-logistics service providers and outsourcing
F. E-logistics, e-fulfilment and trade facilitation
G. E-logistics in developing countries
H. Conclusions and recommendations
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Part Four: EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Chapter 9
E-COMMERCE IN THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES: CHANGE THE PERCEPTIONS

A. Introduction
B. Survey findings
C. Concluding remarks and recommendations

Chapter 10
CHINA'S ICT STRATEGY AND E-COMMERCE

A. Information and Communication Technology sector
B. Government initiatives
C. E-commerce development by sector
D. Case studies of e-commerce companies
E. Internal regulatory environment
F. Obstacles to e-commerce development
G. Conclusion
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Press

Press release #1:

E-commerce to continue its leading role in economic growth; But countries that lag behind risk widening north-south gap, warns new UNCTAD report
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Press release #2:

From selling sheep to transcribing tapes: prospects bright for e-commerce in developing countries, says new UNCTAD report
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