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WTO Working Papers

WTO working papers usually represent research in progress. Such research may be conducted in the preparation of WTO Secretariat reports, studies or other material for WTO members. The papers are circulated for comment because the WTO considers critical review of professional research to be extremely important.

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E-commerce and Developing Country-SME Participation in Global Value Chains

Two far-reaching developments have increased the trade opportunities for SMEs in developing countries. Firstly, the rise of the internet and advances in ICT have reduced trade-related information and communication costs. Secondly, the international fragmentation of production has increased the opportunities for SMEs to specialize in narrow activities at various stages along the production chain.

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Keywords: developing countries, global value chains, e-commerce, small and medium-sized enterprises
JEL: F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade; F63: International Economics / Economic Impacts of Globalization / Economic Impacts of Globalization: Economic Development
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