WITSA A Proud Partner of the Newly Launched eTrade for All Online Platform

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WITSA A Proud Partner of the Newly Launched eTrade for All Online Platform
Chairman and Secretary General participate in first gathering of stakeholders of the global initiative

 Geneva, April 28, 2017: WITSA Chairman, Yvonne Chiu and Secretary General, Dr. Jim Poisant welcomed the launch of the eTrade for All Online Platform, a key milestone for the initiative, which was launched at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Ministerial Conference #14 in Nairobi in July 2016. Ms. Chiu and Dr. Poisant, in Geneva, attended the third annual edition of the UNCTAD E-Commerce Week, with the theme "Towards Inclusive E-Commerce".

“On behalf of the entire WITSA community, I would like to congratulate UNCTAD on the successful launch today of the eTrade for All online platform”, stated WITSA Chairman Yvonne Chiu. WITSA is proud to be an official eTrade for All and Business for eTrade Development Partner. This new online platform will play an important role in the global development of eCommerce resulting in major improvements in economic growth. WITSA is looking forward to working with UNCTAD, the WTO and other important stakeholders to develop a common understanding of the issues that are essential to advocate a multilateral, development-focused digital trade agenda.

“Extending Internet access in the emerging markets to levels seen in developed countries today would have the potential to generate over $2.2 trillion in additional global GDP and more than 140 million new jobs in the developing world”, said WITSA Secretary General, Dr. Jim Poisant. “WITSA’s overarching goal is to deliver the promise of the Digital Age to all, so we must work together to connect those many millions of the world’s citizens who are still offline. This will prove to be as much about enabling policy choices as it is about straightforward infrastructure investment. For this reason, the feedback we received on the eTrade for All initiative from our representatives – spanning over 80 countries around the world – was not only positive, but very enthusiastically received and endorsed.

The majority of WITSA’s national ICT industry associations represent emerging markets and therefore have a great personal interest in programs which can help facilitate growth in e-commerce. We therefore wholeheartedly endorse eTrade for All’s call for action, including a focus on the following critical constraints:

  • Limited knowledge among Governments and regulators of e-commerce and its application;
  • Concerns about possible adverse effects of e-commerce and how to mitigate them;
  • Affordable ICT infrastructure (Internet and broadband coverage);
  • Trade logistics and facilitation, including customs procedures and trade compliance;
  • Lack of security (user mistrust);
  • Inadequate online payment facilities;
  • Lack of trade finance;
  • Limited skills among enterprises to use ICTs strategically for buying and selling goods and services;
  • Lack of statistical data on electronic commerce;
  • Weak legal and regulatory frameworks, including contract and dispute-resolution mechanisms.

As the leading recognized voice of the global ICT industry, WITSA aims to drive transformation and grow the industry given that ICT is the key driver of the global economy. WITSA advocates international public policies that advance the industry's growth and development, facilitates international trade and investment in ICT products and services through our global network of contacts, promoting industry cooperation and strengthening our national associations, and working closely with internationally recognized organizations to promote and facilitate growth.

WITSA is very pleased to work closely with UNCTAD on issues that are important to our industry worldwide, as formalized on the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the WITSA Chairman Santiago Gutierrez and Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on March 24, 2015.

For more information, please see the eTrade for All online portal at https://etradeforall.org/ as well as the Business for eTrade Development web site at http://business4etrade.org/

About WITSA

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.  WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.  WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

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