SUMMARIES OF THE WORKSHOP ON E-COMMERCE, DEVELOPMENT AND SMES 8 and 9 April 2013 / WTO
Discussions initially focused on the issue of infrastructure as this was identified a key enabler in assisting SMEs with E-Commerce. E-Commerce requires fast, reliable and affordable telecommunication/ICT infrastructure and services. In this regard, broadband networks are key. In developing countries, fixed broadband infrastructure is often limited mainly because of the expense and the need for more investment. Instead, it is wireless infrastructure, especially in Africa, that is more prevalent and that has made substantial gains in the last decade. Mobile broadband is the fastest growing market segment in developing countries. However, broadband remains unaffordable to many users in developing countries. The problem of Least-Connected Countries or LCCs is a very real one.