September 4, 2001
Translation: FTAA Secretariat
COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES ON THE PARTICIPATION OF
CONTRIBUTION IN RESPONSE TO THE OPEN INVITATION
Jairo Castro Castro
The rapid expansion of the Internet has
opened up an area of great potential offering major benefits for all
network users — namely electronic commerce.
This tool is available now, and it greatly facilitates commercial
transactions around the world at very low cost compared to transactions
via physical media.
It is very important, and also encouraging to know that the FTAA
Ministerial summits include conversations on the importance of electronic
commerce in negotiations within member countries, and between them and the
rest of the world.
In developing countries like Colombia, it is essential to promote and
popularize the use of electronic mail between and within firms, in order
to slow down the depletion of natural resources involving a high
percentage of indiscriminate tree felling in order to produce the paper
needed to satisfy demand from industry in document transfer processes.
In Colombia, the panorama is worrying because there is still a long way to
go. In general, it is possible to identify some of the causes that impede
the adoption and use of the Internet in Colombia. These are extensively
discussed in the document to which this is the executive summary.