The United States and Chile announced today a set
of programs that increases cooperation between U.S. and Chilean public
and private sectors to promote e-commerce in the region. These programs
were developed in close consultation with the U.S. and Chilean business
communities, and are an out-growth of the Joint Committee on Trade
and Investment (JCTI) e-commerce working group discussions held on
August 10 in Santiago.
"Trade and technology is the engine of economic prosperity," Under
Secretary LaRussa said. "The more we expand e-commerce trade, the
more we advance the well-being of our citizens, creating a future
where economic growth will continue to flourish."
The two governments have agreed to cooperate in the following ways:
Small Business Program.
- Increasing awareness
of the benefits of e-commerce through:
- High-level orientation visits focused on policy and technology
topics such as e-commerce, e-government, and e-banking.
- Seminars offering small business the opportunity to assess their
technology needs and implement solutions using interactive diagnostic
- Series of video conferences and briefings between key U.S. and
Chilean government, Congressional, and private sector representatives,
drawing on U.S. experiences in the new economy and other topics
identified by the business community such as venture capital, start-ups,
with the private sector the two governments will hold a series of
seminar focusing on how to do business using e-commerce. Special
emphasis will be given to the legal, financial, customs, and logistical
issues related to bilateral trade and the various tools, techniques,
and strategies for using the Internet and e-commerce to participate
in international trade. For instance, the seminars will showcase
technology tools like www.comerciousa.org
and will utilize video conferencing to facilitate a public-private
dialogue between U.S. and Chilean technology and policy experts
and the business communities in both countries.
Strategic Partners Conference.
The United States will host a conference designed to increase Chilean
participation in e-commerce by bringing U.S. and Chilean small-
and medium-sized businesses together to explore business opportunities
and will call attention to the need to promote more Spanish-language
content on the Internet. Participating companies will include: dot.coms,
venture capitalists, software developers, and other Chilean and
U.S. sectors involved with e-commerce.
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