PARLATINO to Discuss E-Commerce and Integration

Panama, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Commission of Public Utilities and Defense of Consumers of the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) will discuss June 2-3 in Quito, Ecuador a draft framework law on electronic commerce.

In a press release, PARLATINO said this commission entrusted to the working group for Transport, Energy and Culture, made up of legislators from Mexico, Venezuela and Panama, will analyze the benefits of the bill.

Meetings will be held at the Legislative Palace in Quito with the attendance of senators and deputies who make up this unit of Parlatino with permanent headquarters in Panama City.

Electronic commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean reached U.S. $21.77 billion in 2009, according to the latest business figures.

According to the release, during this period, the majority of internet purchases were made in Brazil, for a total of U.S. $13.2 billion, while in Central America they reached 673 million.

The Committee for Integration, Political and Municipal Affairs will also meet in Quito to discuss the integration project in the sub-region and the relation with the constitution of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean (CELAC).

Recently, the president of PARLATINO, Panamanian Deputy Elijah Castillo, presented to the Vice President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela, a proposal for PARLATINO to become the legislative body of CELAC.

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