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Electronic Commerce

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Removing Barriers to Electronic Commerce

Objectives  

To eliminate obstacles for constituents (including citizens, business of all sizes and government agencies) in the global trade flow by identifying, addressing, and alleviating identified barriers and out-of-date practices.

Actions

a)

Identify and map out major barriers to e-commerce through the exchange of practices, including but not limited to laws, regulations and policies, on ecommerce across APEC

b)

Ensure compatibility among government, business and the community in on-line interactions including providing for authentication, confidentiality and certainty in online interactions.

c)

In consultation with the private sector, develop a Web portal that will allow all data collected as part of the exchange of practices on e-commerce be entered directly via the Internet. In addition to streamlining responses and data gathering, the data will be more easily extracted to create an external (unrestricted) site that economy constituents can reference regarding current trade practices on general concepts as well as export-related forms and financing assistance.

d)

Continue work in APEC TEL on developing regulatory frameworks that facilitate the convergence of telecommunications, information technology and broadcasting.

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Speed the Use of Electronic Commerce

Objective

To build constituent confidence in e-commerce by streamlining processes and removing obstacles.

Actions

a) 

Facilitate the use of secure electronic payment methods.

b)

Promote consumer and business education on legal issues.

c)

Implement policies that result in the competitive supply of information and communication services.

d)

Reduce business costs through increased transparency.

e)

Assist the private sector with their network security and data privacy efforts and explain the economic reasons behind developing sound

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