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G7 Pilot Project "Global Marketplace for SMEs" - Results and achievements

A report giving an overview of results obtained under the G7 Pilot Project "Global Marketplace for SMEs" is now available. The "Global Marketplace for SMEs" is one of 11 international collaborative projects for the development of the Information Society launched by the G7 coun...

A report giving an overview of results obtained under the G7 Pilot Project "Global Marketplace for SMEs" is now available. The "Global Marketplace for SMEs" is one of 11 international collaborative projects for the development of the Information Society launched by the G7 countries in February 1995. Since its launch, the project has set up a global business information network. It also supports international pilots and testbeds and investigates barriers to electronic commerce. Its objective is to facilitate increased competitiveness and participation in global trade for SMEs. The project is coordinated by the European Commission, Japan and the United States. The "Global Marketplace for SMEs" project is structured around three main themes: - Development of a global information network for business to develop an open and non-discriminatory global information environment (coordinated by Japan); - Response to SME business requirements, in particular with regard to the legal, institutional and technical requirements of SMEs involved in electronic commerce (coordinated by the European Commission); - Encouragement and support of the development of international pilot projects and testbeds for electronic commerce which experiment with practical approaches to dealing with SMEs business requirements (coordination by the USA). The report, available on request from the European Commission, outlines European achievements and results within the framework of this project.

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