The UK is currently making ‘good progress’ as it attempts to become the best place in the world to trade electronically, according to the government’s first e-envoy Alex Allan. In his first public appearance, Allan set out the achievements made since the prime minister unveiled plans to promote e-commerce in the UK last September. Speaking at the Internet Services Providers Association Parliamentary Advisory Forum, Allan also highlighted a surge in online retailing, success in reducing the cost of Internet access and a rise in e-commerce awareness. ‘The UK now tops the European e-commerce league. A recent survey showed that more companies have their own websites and use the Internet for e-commerce than in any other European country and UK executives make more use of e-mail,’ said Allan. He also launched e-forum – an online process of continuous consultation with the public and business.
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