“The contribution of electronic trade (e-commerce) platforms to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

    Co-organised by the International Secure Electronic Transactions Organisation (OISTE) and the World Trade Points Federation (WTPF)

    International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 12 June 2017, 16:30 – 18:15

    Room C1, Building A, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

    Facilitating the development of electronic trade / e-commerce platforms will have a positive impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), – especially in the least developed countries. At its turn, this would help to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment, thus making a contribution to end poverty and impacting positively on several points of the sustainable development agenda.

    A concerted effort is necessary to overcome a series of obstacles that stand on the way towards making electronic commerce more accessible. Cross border electronic trade is complex and costly. Complying with international standards; meeting fiscal charges and dealing with customs requires know-how and financial means.

    On the purely technical side, building a secure ecosystem where buyers and sellers exchange information and make transactions following protocols that create and enforce trust is a considerable challenge. Building trust in electronic transactions is only possible if cryptography is at the basis. Cryptography is a necessary feature of any secure e-commerce or electronic communication system, though handling cryptography is politically sensitive.

    Then, comes the question of enforcing legal certainty in electronic commerce. What are the policy issues and development implications of e-commerce? Where are we on the international, cross-border recognition of electronic signatures? What does Internet governance have to do with it all?

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    The OISTE Foundation has been working with the UN and other governmental and non-governmental international organizations since 1998. Today, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, target 16.9 – giving everyone a legal identity by 2030 – OISTE focuses on the challenge of harnessing digital identity for the global community.

    OISTE holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC) and is an accredited member of the Non-commercial Users Stakeholders Group (NCSG) of ICANN as part of the Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns (NPOC) constituency.

    The OISTE Foundation endorses the “Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development”.

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