In September 2017, Business for eTrade formed a new Alliance for eTrade Development, a PPP between U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and four companies – King & Spalding, Google, PayPal, and eBay. The Alliance has released its report, Expanding Developing Country SMEs’ Use of Platforms for Trade, which maps out countries’ adoption of best practice policies, laws, and programs to propel SMEs’ access to and use of global ecommerce platforms for trade.
The Alliance’s pioneering policy mapping covers 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe and 60 policy areas conducive to SMEs’ use of ecommerce. It also creates a new policy index on platform-enabled trade, based on the Alliance’s proprietary policy framework, aimed to track countries adoption of ecommerce-friendly policies and practices. And it includes several case studies of best practices from Brazil to China, India, Singapore, Tanzania, Mexico, and others.
The Alliance is now visiting six countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, to present this work and work with local stakeholders to develop pilot projects for SME ecommerce development that countries, the Alliance, and stakeholders such as USAID contractors can develop further.
Selected comments on our work to date:
“I found your presentation really enlightening, particularly the policy success stories.” – Representative of a Ministry of Industry and Trade in Southeast Asia
“Thank for a wonderful and exciting session this afternoon on new data and best practice policy ideas for inclusive online commerce…we as a developing country are grappling with these issues mentioned repeatedly in this session and your presentation is rich with guidance.” – Representative of Ministry of Transport and Communications in Southern Africa
“Excellent presentation and management of the discussion. The participants had many opportunities to discuss their experiences, suggestions, and challenges to ecommerce in our country.” – Representative of an export promotion agency in Central America.