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NEW REPORT: The Reality of E-commerce with Developing Countries.
by John Humphrey, Robin Mansell, Daniel Paré and Hubert Schmitz


Based on research on e-marketplaces in the garments and horticulture sectors and on the experiences of firms in Bangladesh, Kenya and South Africa, this study examines the expectations and assumptions behind the drive to invest in B2B e-commerce. It investigates what actually happens in Internet-based e-marketplaces and how developing country firms use the Internet for business. The overall finding is that the main effect of B2B e-commerce is to enhance the relationships between existing trading partners. It does little to help forge ongoing relationships with new firms. There is a clear message for policy makers and practitioners - understanding how international trade is organised and how inter-firm relationships are developed is essential if the use of some types of B2B e-commerce is to assist producer firms in gaining more equitable access to international markets.

 

 

 

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. About ENCIP.......................................................................

ENCIP (European Network for Communication & Information Perspectives) was set up in 1992 as a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). ENCIP currently encompasses sixteen prominent research centres throughout the European Union. Altogether, ENCIP partners represent a large proportion of the expertise in the field of socio-economic research on ICTs and media in Europe. ENCIP’s objectives are to support, facilitate and develop the activities of its partners.



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ENCIP stimulates the exchange of ideas between its members and engages in an active dialogue with the ICT community within and outside Europe. The objectives of the ENCIP network activities are the creation of an open intellectual environment for the design of European policies and visions on ICT, the strengthening of the European and international research infrastructure on ICT and the building of bridges between the academic world, the ICT industry and policy makers.


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ENCIP develops and manages joint research projects and facilitates the formation of temporary international research consortia on a project basis. ENCIP is an open and flexible network organisation. ENCIP research activities include partnerships with non-members as required by the project. Membership of ENCIP is non-exclusive. Members continue to develop national and international projects independently.


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