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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 and is the principle organization of the United Nations General Assembly in the field of trade and development. The main goals of UNCTAD are to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries, and to help them face the challenges arising from globalization and integrate into the global economy.


UNCTAD provides its Member countries with training and capacity building on the legal aspects of e-commerce. It offers a wide range of advisory services aimed to assist in the preparation of an enabling legal and regulatory environment for e-commerce in developing countries. UNCTAD also provides policy advice to (i) help assess the needs for law reform in light of e-commerce developments; (ii) draft e-commerce legislation based on international model laws or guidelines such as the 1999 Guidelines; (iii) raise awareness on legal issues of interest to developing countries by publishing analytical studies such as an annual Information Economy Report, formerly called the E-Commerce and Development Report.