The purpose of
Programme 2 (Hyderabad, 2010) is to support the ITU membership
in improving access to ICT applications and services, especially in
underserved and rural areas, achieving trust and confidence in the
use of ICTs, the Internet and next-generation networks, promoting
fair and equitable access to critical Internet resources. The activities in the broad area of ICT Applications includes promoting and implementing e-Services and e-Applications (e.g.,
e-Government, e-Business, e-Learning, e-Health, e-Employment, e-Environment, e-Agriculture, e-Science, etc.) in developing countries. Some related resources can be found below.
ITU-D e-Commerce Related Resolutions
ITU Hyderabad Action Plan
Programme 2 (2010): Cybersecurity, ICT applications and IP-based
ITU Hyderabad Action Plan
Resolution 54 (2010): Information and communication technology
A project to empower female entrepreneurs by using ICTs and e-applications at ASAFE (Association pour le Soutien et L'Appui a La Femme Entrepreneur) has helped to establish a platform for e-commerce applications, which is based on internet protocol. The platform and training is run by ASAFE for its members and the business community, including preparation for international computer systems certificates such as the Microsoft Certified Professional, the CISCO Certified Network Academy and Comptia A+ for maintenance of PCs (2003)
The objective of this activity is to assist countries in Central America to prepare a regional policy and strategy for the development and implementation of projects in ICT applications such as e-commerce, e-health, e-government and e-education (2003).
This project - funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran – was aimed to develop e‑commerce for D-8 Members: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey (2002).
The Mongolian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) is responsible for the promotion and development of the country’s private sector through services to its 600 members. The purpose of the e-commerce training workshop was to assist MNCCI to build awareness and local capacity in e‑commerce technologies, policies and strategies (2004).
In collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), basic e‑commerce training was organized in Islamabad for senior managers from the PTA, the Pakistan Telecommunication Co. and local internet service providers. It introduced the basic concepts of e-commerce, explained relevant technology policy issues and strategies, and highlighted the need for an effective legal environment for e-commerce (March-April 2001).
This project included developing of an e-commerce infrastructure to support Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer relationships, particularly in the tourism sector attracting customers from industrialized countries. It addresses the requirements and strategies relevant to a small island state with a population of only 80,000 (2003).
ITU's first project on electronic commerce for developing countries (ECDC) was launched in March 1998 in Malta, aimed at demonstrating the benefits of appropriate e-commerce strategies and technology to South African micro businesses. The results were demonstrated at Africa TELECOM 1998 and also at the ITU Pavilion at TELECOM Africa 2001.
Under the ITU-Fundandina agreement, this project helped to build B2B e-commerce infrastructure in Santiago del Táchira. It has led to significant investments and alliances, more than 90 e-commerce portals and the creation of a centre promoting research and the development of alternative training (2002).
Vinakey, the first Asian electronic commerce centre operational at the Viet Nam Trade Network was aimed to promote the interconnection of major e-commerce projects in both developed and developing countries. In-kind contributions were provided by ITU’s industry partners (2002).
Events and collaboration by ITU and other