Title Unleashing E-Commerce for South Asian Integration (International Development In Focus)
Author Sanjay Kathuria, Arti Grover, Viviana Maria Eugenia Perego, Aaditya Mattoo, Pritam Banerjee
ISBN 9781464815195
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 88
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher The World Bank
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This report is part of a broader work program on shaping a more positive narrative on regional integration in South Asia. It is a follow-up to a recent flagship report published by the South Asia Region of the World Bank, A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia.

E-commerce is dramatically changing the way goods and services are transacted nationally, regionally, and globally. It facilitates international trade by reducing the cost of distance and remoteness and can be more inclusive of underrepresented groups such as women, small businesses, and rural entrepreneurs. Intraregional trade in South Asia is still below its potential, and the region lags behind other parts of the world in activating the potential benefits from e-commerce.

Adopting a novel yet practical approach, this report explores how e-commerce can be boosted to deepen intraregional trade in South Asia. It examines the main transacting models in the digital space and the channels through which e-commerce helps reduce transactions costs for firms and consumers. It considers the regulations, as well as the regulatory gaps, affecting private sector participation in e-commerce, focusing on data privacy, consumer protection, delivery, cybersecurity, market-access regulations, and digital payments. Finally, the report presents recommendations for regulatory reforms that could enhance e-trade, especially in a regional context and as a possible platform for greater global engagement by South Asian firms. The scale of these recommendations ranges from the modest, such as allowing cross-border payments and streamlining the customs regime, to the more ambitious, such as allowing the operation of regional e-commerce platforms and liberalizing related cross-border logistics services.





About the Authors


Introduction • Notes • References

Chapter 1. Understanding E-Commerce What is e-commerce? • Notes • References

Chapter 2. Constraints on E-Commerce Note

Chapter 3. Eliminating Transaction Costs through E-Commerce Consumer protection • Data protection and privacy • E-transactions, digital signatures, e-payments, and dispute resolution • Cybersecurity • Market access regulations • Notes • References

Chapter 4. Avenues for South Asian and Global Integration E-commerce and search costs: Empowering consumers through platforms • E-commerce contracts: Facilitating digital signatures and protecting consumer data • Consolidating e-payments: Regulatory infrastructure and cybersecurity • Delivery, tariffs, and regulations • Notes • References

Chapter 5. Policy Options Regional market for e-transport • Unified market for B2C e-commerce • Notes • References

Chapter 6. Conclusions Enabling regional contracting • Facilitating practical payment solutions • Protecting the consumer • Creating a predictable tariff and delivery system • Developing a regional market for e-transport services • Notes

Final Thoughts




About the Authors:

Pritam Banerjee brings several years of experience in the areas of logistics operations, trade facilitation, and trade policy. He is currently a Consultant with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a Logistics Sector Specialist. Prior to his work with the ADB, Banerjee was Senior Director for Public Policy with the Deutsche Post DHL Group, responsible for South Asia. In this capacity, he was responsible for engaging with governments and governmental agencies on regulatory affairs and policy. He also served as a consultant for major clients of Deutsche Post DHL Group, finding solutions to regulatory and policy problems related to their supply chains. Banerjee previously served as the Head of Trade Policy, Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Trade Policy Division, and with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where his work focused trade facilitation and trade in services. Banerjee is a member of the National Trade Facilitation Steering Committee and was most recently a special invitee to the Committee on Ease of Doing Business Reforms constituted under the Ministry of Commerce as a part of Prime Minister Modi’s initiative on reforms. He serves as executive member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Logistics Task Force, and he led FICCI’s interaction on Goods and Services Tax (GST)–related issues relevant to the transport and logistics sector, focusing on operational aspects of GST implementation. He also serves as guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Foreign Services Institute (FSI), and NACIN (National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes, and Narcotics). Banerjee has a PhD in public policy, and master’s and undergraduate degrees in economics. He has been extensively published on issues related to international trade, regional integration, regulatory reforms, logistics and connectivity, and trade facilitation.

Arti Grover is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. She has extensive experience with complex analytical and operational projects on a range of topics including firm dynamics, trade, productivity, entrepreneurship, and spatial development. She has authored three books (on services trade, firm growth, and entrepreneurship), and her research has appeared in top peer-reviewed journals, as chapters in books, and as World Bank reports and policy research papers. Grover has been affiliated, in a research capacity, with the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Bank in 2009, Grover was a Doctoral Fulbright Fellow at Princeton University and an Assistant Professor at Delhi School of Economics, India.

Sanjay Kathuria is Lead Economist and Coordinator, South Asia Regional Integration, in the World Bank’s Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice, based in Washington, DC. During his more than 27 years at the World Bank, he has worked in several regions, including Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, and he received his master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics and his doctorate from Oxford University. His research interests include economic growth, international trade and trade policy, economic integration, competitiveness, technology development, fiscal policy, and financial sector development.

Aaditya Mattoo is Chief Economist of the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank. He specializes in development, trade, and international cooperation, and provides policy advice to governments. He is also Co-Director of the World Development Report 2020 on global value chains. Prior to this, he was the Research Manager, Trade and Integration, at the World Bank. Before joining the Bank, he was Economic Counselor at the World Trade Organization and taught economics at the University of Sussex and Churchill College, Cambridge University. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge, and an MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford. He has published on development, trade, trade in services, and international trade agreements in academic and other journals, and his work has been cited in the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, and Time magazine.

Viviana Maria Eugenia Perego is an Economist at the World Bank, where she works on themes related to competitiveness, agriculture, and rural livelihoods. Her current projects focus on productive alliances in agriculture, the efficiency of special economic zones, disruptive technologies, the labor market integration of fragile populations, and food systems’ resilience to climate change. Viviana holds a DPhil (PhD) in economics from the University of Oxford, from which she graduated in 2017 with a thesis on the drivers of development in open economies. Prior to joining the World Bank, she collaborated with institutions such as the International Labour Organization, UNICEF, and the Bank of Italy, as well as leading research centers such as J-PAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford.


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This book is for the people interested in e-commerce, transaction costs, data protection and cybersecurity.

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