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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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An e-brief: a strategy-maker’s guide to some key concepts

As part of its preparations for Executive Forum 2000, ITC posted a series of briefing articles on its website so that e-commerce neophytes could familiarize themselves with key concepts of the digital economy. The aim was to explain some of the jargon, outline the current situation, and bring to the fore a number of the issues strategy-makers need to consider before they go to the market, consider a role for trade promotion institutions or debate public-sector action to make their societies e-competent. These briefing notes are reprinted here as a crash course on e-commerce for those who think they need some help in getting up to speed.

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