APDIP e-Note 12 - The Role of Governments in Promoting ICT Access and Use by SMEs: Considerations for Public Policy

This APDIP e-Note provides an overview of the policy considerations that are needed to promote information and communications technology (ICT) usage among SMEs. It discusses critical components for a comprehensive policy and legislative strategy that would address the various policy, legal, market, technical and social considerations needed in order to create conditions conductive for encouraging ICT-enabled SMEs

The Innovative Use of Mobile Applications in the Philippines: Lessons for Africa

Mobile phones are now the primary form of telecommunication in developing countries and they are used for communications, information and, more recently, access to a range of services from m-Banking to m-Education and m-Governance. The transformation of society by mobile telephony, and especially mobile applications, is perhaps most profound in the Philippines. This publication digs deeper into the Philippine experience and attempts to identify best practices and lessons learned.

Developing Women’s Entrepreneurship and E-business in Green Cooperatives in the Asian and Pacific Region

Through the formation of women’s cooperatives and development of their capacity in entrepreneurship, women can become better equipped to enter the market for green products and gain access to vital resources needed for businesses. With dramatic growth in ICT innovation, women’s green cooperatives in the region can benefit from the use of e-business practices. This guidebook provides policy makers and entrepreneurs with background information in this niche area, with guidelines on developing women’s cooperatives, entrepreneurship and e-business.

E-Commerce and Development Report 2004

The report gives information on ICT usage for economic development, with topics that include: Internet usage, governance, and technologies; e-business with focus on small and medium size enterprises (SMEs); e-education; and e-government. The report emphasizes on Internet capabilities and the scope of e-commerce on the topics mentioned and also on security and privacy issues surrounding these applications.

WTO, E-commerce and Information Technologies: From the Uruguay Round through the Doha Development Agenda

The purpose of this book is in large part to take stock and explain most of the IT- and ecommerce-related World Trade Organization (WTO) issues. It provides a historical overview of the WTO’s role with regard to e-commerce and IT trade between 1995 and 2003. It provides contextual background of and a detailed insight into the complex set of existing rules, categories and debates. Its aim is to inform the representatives of developing nations, civil society, and others who want or need to understand more about the WTO’s role in information technology governance and policy.


This publication reviews diverse business models and trends in e-procurement; examines the policies, legal framework and technological infrastructure required for e-procurement; and identifies the overall current status of e-procurement in the Asia-Pacific region.

UNESCAP Reference No.:  ST/ESCAP/2406