ICC policy statement on assessing the impact on trade of e-government and associated information compliance

  • 11 November 2016

The following policy statement proposes a high-level assessment framework for governments and businesses to better analyze the impact of e-government initiatives and associated information compliance requirements on businesses, national economies and international trade.

Governments increasingly impose “information compliance” provisions on businesses to adopt processes or systems, which enable interaction with e-government facilities. While this forced use of public administration-friendly technologies often maximizes public sector efficiencies, it can also negatively impact businesses and the broader economy.

ICC suggests monitoring the trade impact of countries’ diverse approaches to security, authentication and other requirements and recommends developing an inventory of data commonly required by governments in order to promote greater use, or development, of international standards for commonly requested e-government information.