This project focused on the potential offered by Internet-based business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce for enhancing exports of firms in developing countries. It addressed three questions: (1) Is B2B e-commerce opening new and cheaper access to global markets for developing country producer firms or, conversely, is it strengthening existing buyer - producer relationships and reinforcing existing power relations? (2) Are developing country producers being marginalized by the spread of B2B e-commerce trading relationships that depend on sophisticated information and communication technologies (ICTs) and on efficient logistics systems, electronic payment systems and new certification procedures? (3) How can governments or technical assistance agencies help producers in developing countries to participate in B2B e-commerce developments on an equitable basis? This summary research report outlines the project's background and objectives, methodology, findings and their dissemination, priorities for policy makers and practitioners, and highlights.
Mansell, R.; Paré, D.; Humphrey, J.; Schmitz, H. E-Commerce for Developing Countries: Building an evidence base for impact assessment. (2003) 11 pp.