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    E-Brief from Canada


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2001 

    Alexandra Wood and John Gillies discuss e-trade issues at the Executive Forum 2000.

    Tips on Canada's e-strategy, services and partnerships, presented during ITC's e-mail discussions on export development in the digital economy.

    Commitment to e-government 

    Canada's federal government is committed to achieving fully enabled electronic service delivery by 2004. For more information of this initiative you may wish to explore: http://canada.gc.ca/main_e.html. This is Canada's online government site, containing information for Canadian citizens and businesses (e.g. on health, consumer affairs, taxes, etc), as well as for non-Canadians visiting, studying or doing business in Canada.

    http://www.ged-gol.gc.ca/index_e.asp This subsite, "Serving Canadians in a digital world", contains a wealth of information on Canada's strategy to achieve integrated electronic service delivery across different sectors and "jurisdictions".

    Canada's e-commerce strategy 

    In 1998, Canada's Department of Industry established an Electronic Commerce Task Force in order to forge partnerships and address the horizontal issues created by e-commerce. See the following web site: Electronic Com-merce in Canada. This site contains information on public-private sector initiatives in e-commerce, including Canada's Electronic Commerce Strategy. It also includes up-to-date information on key issues such as the development of a government-wide public key infrastructure to enable secure electronic commerce within government and with external clients.


    Canada's trade promotion organization, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, is continuously improving its web site in order to provide easy access to its services through its network of trade representatives abroad. The focus over the next year will be on e-services and Infoexport will be further revamped as an electronic service delivery vehicle. See: Infoexport 


    Canada's trade promotion organization is part of a network of trade development partners called Team Canada, Inc. which includes 23 government organizations with a common trade development plan and achievement report. ExportSource is a common web site and search engine which provides single access to each partner's web site. It can be viewed at ExportSource.

    Alexandra Wood is Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada. She can be reached at: alexandra.wood@dfait-maeci.gc.ca