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 December 13, 2000
ICC: Closer Business Alliance Forged On E-Commerce Issues

 CEOs of some of the world's largest companies have joined forces with the International Chamber of Commerce in a drive to boost e-commerce. Jean-Marie Messier of Vivendi and Steve Case of America Online, Inc are among CEOs and directors of more than 72 companies comprising The Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe), the organization that concluded today's agreements with ICC and another business group, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.

Under the agreements, the three business groups will work together to identify best practices for e-commerce and share expertise in such subjects as internet property rights, cybersecurity, bridging the digital divide and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The agreement was signed today in Paris by ICC Secretary General, Maria Livanos Cattaui and Fujitsu board member and global co-chair of the GBDe, Michio Naruto. In a separate ceremony, BIAC Secretary General Douglas Worth signed for his organization.

Mrs Cattaui said: "I am delighted with the agreement, which will enhance ICC's ongoing cooperation with the GBDe and address problems that vitally affect the global development of e-commerce, so important to economic prospects throughout the world."

ICC, with a membership of thousands of companies in more than 130 countries around the world, advocates building confidence in e-commerce through voluntary self-regulation of the industry.

As the world business organization, ICC has played a pivotal role in devising a Global Action Plan for E-commerce that brings together dozens of private sector initiatives to that end. They range from online databases providing instant information on the trustworthiness of web traders to trustmark schemes that require businesses to comply with stringent rules of good practice.

ICC's rule-making programme for electronic commerce covers marketing and advertising standards, privacy protection, certification and authentification of transactions and terms used in e-commerce.

Its most recent product, in the final development phase, is an online application that will enable businesses to conclude contracts with the help of secure interactive software. The new B-2-B facility will be based on ICC's model international sale contract, which has been in use worldwide since December 1997.

Commenting on the signing, Mr Naruto said: "The objective of these cooperative agreements is to draw upon each others' expertise and to develop consensus on e-commerce issues between all three organizations."