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ICC established Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) in 2006 after the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Launched at the request of companies that realised the importance of global business coordination on Internet governance and ICT policy issues, BASIS is a hub of multinational enterprises, SMEs and associations from around the world and across sectors, working collectively to foster business engagement in post-WSIS follow-up activities.

Created as an outreach and advocacy vehicle for business, BASIS draws upon consensus built policy positions and practice recommendations developed by the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy, which gathers experts from across sectors and regions of ICC’s far-reaching global network.

ICC BASIS is the leading voice of business in the international dialogues on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can better serve as engines of economic growth and social development and is the recognised business focal point in the post-WSIS activities.

Business, as a driver of innovation and by investing in the development of new technologies, has an essential role to play in realizing the potential of the digital economy. Where facilitated by an enabling policy environment, such investment in digital development and in increasing the digital spread can deliver considerable economic and social benefits.

ICC BASIS is of the view that these goals are best achieved through the multi-stakeholder approach to developing policy. Legal and regulatory frameworks that benefit from input and cooperation of all stakeholders offer the most promising path to the benefits of connectivity and empowerment through technology and sustainable development.