FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Arlene Mayeda or Curt Cultice,
Friday, August 11, 2000
AND CHILE ANNOUNCE COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS
TO INCREASE TRADE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Santiago, Chile - The United States and Chile announced today
a set of programs that increases cooperation between U.S. and
Chilean public and private sectors to promote e-commerce in the
region. These programs were developed in close consultation with
the U.S. and Chilean business communities, and are an out-growth
of the Joint Committee on Trade and Investment (JCTI) e-commerce
working group discussions held on August 10 in Santiago.
"Trade and technology is the engine of economic prosperity,"
Under Secretary LaRussa said. "The more we expand e-commerce trade,
the more we advance the well-being of our citizens, creating a
future where economic growth will continue to flourish."
The two governments have agreed to cooperate in the following
- Getting Connected. Increasing awareness
of the benefits of e-commerce through:
- High-level orientation visits focused on policy and technology
topics such as e-commerce, e-government, and e-banking.
- Seminars offering small business the opportunity to assess
their technology needs and implement solutions using interactive
diagnostic multi-language software.
- Series of video conferences and briefings between key U.S.
and Chilean government, Congressional, and private sector representatives,
drawing on U.S. experiences in the new economy and other topics
identified by the business community such as venture capital,
start-ups, and distribution.
- Small Business Program. In partnership
with the private sector the two governments will hold a series
of seminar focusing on how to do business using e-commerce.
Special emphasis will be given to the legal, financial, customs,
and logistical issues related to bilateral trade and the various
tools, techniques, and strategies for using the Internet and
e-commerce to participate in international trade. For instance,
the seminars will showcase technology tools like www.comerciousa.org
and will utilize video conferencing to facilitate a public-private
dialogue between U.S. and Chilean technology and policy experts
and the business communities in both countries.
- Strategic Partners Conference.
The United States will host a conference designed to increase
Chilean participation in e-commerce by bringing U.S. and Chilean
small- and medium-sized businesses together to explore business
opportunities and will call attention to the need to promote
more Spanish-language content on the Internet. Participating
companies will include: dot.coms, venture capitalists, software
developers, and other Chilean and U.S. sectors involved with