During last week’s APEC privacy and e-commerce meetings in Lima, Peru, the APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance (“ECBA”) established its 2nd APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance Expert Council (“Expert Council”). The ECBA Expert Council is comprised of 32 e-commerce experts from government, academia and the private sector in the APEC region. The U.S. members are Markus Heyder, Vice President and Senior Policy Counselor at the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Manuel “Bing” Maisog, partner at Hunton & Williams, and Joshua Harris, Director of Policy at TRUSTe.

The APEC-ECBA was created in 2001 to (1) promote cooperation between the public and private sectors in the field of e-commerce, (2) provide a forum for information sharing between APEC member economies, and (3) develop e-commerce across different industry sectors. ECBA’s secretariat is based in the China International E-Commerce Center, a quasi-public agency under China’s Ministry of Commerce. The first ECBA Expert Council was formed in 2010 to strengthen and support ECBA’s mission through research, reports, training and other initiatives. ECBA holds annual conferences for the Expert Council and other APEC-based government and private sector stakeholders.

In late June or early July 2016, ECBA will hold its 6th APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance Forum called “Realize Inclusive Trade Through Cross-Border Electronic Commerce.” This three-day event will be held in China, either in Jinjiang, Fujian Province or Mianyang, Sichuan Province.