Since the Ottawa Ministerial Conference on 7-9 October 1998, electronic commerce has continued its extraordinary increase in economic and social importance and as a policy priority. The global nature of the phenomenon, its potential and its challenges point to consideration of solutions from a global perspective. One year on from Ottawa, it is timely to take stock of progress in implementing the work described in the three action-oriented documents developed during the Ottawa process. As announced by the Secretary-General, Donald Johnston, at the close of the Ottawa Ministerial Conference in 1998, the OECD has organised this follow-up meeting
To promote and strengthen the broadly based dialogue among stakeholders
begun at Ottawa. The need for dialogue has been stressed repeatedly in private and public sector fora since the Ottawa Conference. The OECD has put its breadth of scope at the disposition of the stakeholders to regroup the issues in a single multilateral and multi-partite forum. This is particularly important in view of the rapidly evolving policy landscape, which is reflected in developments in many international institutions.
To report and take stock of progress
on meeting commitments at national and international level and to carry forward the momentum of work under the four themes of electronic commerce issues (the "blueprint") used to structure the Ottawa Ministerial Conference. One year on from the Ministerial Conference it is timely to take stock of developments in facilitating the environment for global electronic commerce with reference to the three action-oriented documents and to consider what remains to be accomplished. These were the OECD Action Plan for Electronic Commerce, the Report on International Regional Bodies: Activities and Initiatives in Electronic Commerce, and the Global Action Plan for Electronic Commerce Prepared by Business with Recommendations for Governments.
To assess priorities
and share views on what remains to be done in the light of implementing the mandates of Ottawa.