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Broad Consensus on Canadian E-Commerce Strategy

Industry Minister John Manley and over 100 Canadian business leaders reached a "broad consensus" on a national strategy for electronic commerce following a one-day summit in Ottawa.

The summit was hosted by Industry Canada and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and sponsored by the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada, the Canadian Council for International Business, Canadian Bankers Association, Bell, Stentor, EDS, and AT&T Canada.

"Summit participants made tremendous progress towards developing a partnership approach to make Canada a center of excellence for electronic commerce," said incoming ITAC chair Carol Stephenson. "For our part in private industry, we recognize it's up to us to make sure our applications build public trust in doing business electronically. We have to continue to invest, innovate, and take some risks."

Participants in the Summit discussed a number of fundamental questions including: consumer confidence and trust in digital transactions, the impact of current commerce and legal frameworks, access to the Information Highway, and international cooperation.

Additional materials on electronic commerce including fact sheets, speeches, and contact information can be found on the Industry Canada and Information Technology Association of Canada Web sites.

The Summit was a lead up to the OECD Ministerial Conference on Electronic Commerce to be held in Ottawa on October 7-9, 1998.