MOFCOM Outlines Key Tasks for Promoting E-commerce
24 April 2015
To promote the healthy and orderly development of e-commerce, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has issued its Key Tasks for E-commerce in 2015, outlining 16 specific tasks in three categories: including the promotion of rural e-commerce and cross-border e-commerce, as well as speeding up of e-commerce legislation.
MOFCOM officials pointed out that the key task for e-commerce this year is the comprehensive application of information technology with the internet as the core in the field of commodities circulation and foreign trade, bringing into play the important roles of e-commerce in market expansion, promoting consumption, increasing employment, maintaining steady growth so as to promote economic transformation and upgrading as well as mass entrepreneurship and mass innovation.
The circular identified 16 specific key tasks of e-commerce work in three categories. In the overall work deployment, it calls for the comprehensive application of information technology to facilitate the modernisation of distribution, as well as special action for regulating e-commerce projects and initiating top-level design for e-commerce in the 13th Five-year Plan. In expanding application areas, it calls for efforts to facilitate the entry of e-commerce into the rural areas and communities, promote e-commerce application in services industry, develop pilot collaboration between e-commerce and logistics, and promote the healthy development of cross-border e-commerce. In improving the environment, efforts will be focused on advancing legislation work for e-commerce, establishing a system of standards, expediting the establishment of e-commerce statistics monitoring and credit system, as well as active participation in global rules formulation.
For example, in the development of rural e-commerce, the circular calls for supporting e-commerce enterprises, supply and marketing cooperatives, postal service and leading distribution companies in the construction and renovation of rural e-commerce distribution and integrated services networks. In the development of cross-border e-commerce, the circular proposes to promote the establishment of offshore support service system for e-commerce enterprises’ “going out” and guide the comprehensive cluster development of cross-border e-commerce operators. In e-commerce legislation, it seeks to launch rules on online business data protection.
The circular also highlights that the speeding up of e-commerce growth is required to be in line with the country’s development strategies such as “One Belt, One Road”, the Yangtze River economic belt and the free trade zones. Taking into account both domestic and international markets, it proposes to build a unified, open, competitive and orderly market system of e-commerce.
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