Tow: Measuring Electronic Commerce As An Instrument For The Development Of The Digital Economy: A Report From The United Nations Conference On Trade And Development (unctad)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is a United Nations’ (UN) body that ‘aims at the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.’ UNCTAD concentrates on issues such as finance, technology, development, and investment and constitutes a forum for ‘intergovernmental discussions and deliberations.’ To accomplish its end, this group researches, collects and analyses data to further assist developing countries. Its Secretariat works with governments, non-government organizations (NGO’s) and private groups. The UNCTAD has a commission on Enterprise, which is in charge of monitoring the worldwide development of e-commerce. This commission collects statistics and relevant data to evaluate the growth of e-commerce at a national, regional, and international level. This commission’s reports constitute a valuable source to e-commerce entrepreneurs since it collects data from National organizations, NGO’s, regional groups, etc. In September 2003, the UNCTAD commission on Enterprise issued a report called ‘Measuring Electronic Commerce as an Instrument for the Development of the Digital Economy’ that constitutes and update on the e-commerce situation and e-commerce statistical data around the world, including developing countries.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the Commission’s Measurement of the Worldwide E-commerce Development as to September 2003?
What is the Incidence of Regional Initiatives on the Measurement of e-commerce?
What is the Report’s Assessment on E –commerce Measurement in Developing Countries?


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