Executive Forum 2000

Export Development in the Digital Economy

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Summary of discussions held at Executive Forum 2000 organized by the International Trade Centre and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in Montreux, Switzerland in September 2000 - focuses on the role and importance of digital economy in building and maintaining export performance in developing countries; assesses impact of e-trade on traditional export practices and explores how developing and transition economies have responded to competitive challenges of digital economy; examines conditions for a relevant national environment allowing sustainable and effective participation in digital economy; discusses short-term initiatives required to promote electronic competency and e-trade capability within public and private sectors; outlines role of national trade support institutions, and key concepts for strategy makers addressing national response to digital economy.

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ITC strategy for e-facilitated trade development

The use of technology in international trade is here to stay and is set to grow rapidly. There is however, a North-South divide in terms of the benefits which Internet-facilitated business can bring. The absence of government policy, inadequate telecommunications infrastructures and banking sector participation, lack of awareness and poor Internet access make it difficult for some developing country enterprises to participate in the new digital economy. There is also a strong human dimension to participating fully in the new economy. People are simply uncomfortable with the new Internet technology and the changes required to take advantage of its potential.

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