COUNTRY: China, Turkey
Expanding cross-border e-trade doesn’t always require multilateralism. There are also bilateral initiatives to build ecommerce markets where they have yet to be opened. One example is the China-Turkey cross-border ecommerce pilot lunched by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications of Turkey and National Development and Reform Commission of China. The effort was kicked off in November 2015 in Antalya at the margins of the G20 Summit. The World SME Forum (WSF) and DHGate were designated as the private sector implementing partners. The pilot’s objective is to enable a larger number of SMEs in both countries to engage in cross-border e-trade, such as through the development of collaborative city pairs for the development of cross-border ecommerce, boosting of the development of cross-border ecommerce platforms, and strengthening the ecommerce infrastructure and logistics infrastructures in both economies. The pilot project is aligned with the 2016 B20 Presidency’s priority on promoting SMEs global ecommerce activity by setting up cross-border ecommerce experiment zones with reference to international experience and best practices.