New Delhi-A draft National e-Commerce policy has been prepared and placed in public domain, which addresses six broad issues of the e-commerce ecosystem viz. e-commerce marketplaces, regulatory issues, infrastructure development, data, stimulating domestic digital economy and export promotion through e-commerce.

The Department of Commerce initiated an exercise and established a Think Tank on Framework for National Policy on e-Commerce and a Task Force under it to deliberate on the challenges confronting India in the arena of the digital economy and electronic commerce (e-commerce). Some of the issues that were discussed by the think tank included aspects of e-commerce and the digital economy such as physical and digital infrastructure, the regulatory regime, taxation policy, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), technology flows, skill development and trade-related aspects. The first meeting of the Think Tank was held on 24th April, 2018 while the second meeting of the Think Tank was held on 30thJuly, 2018. The meetings saw participation by senior officers of various Ministries/ departments of the Government involved in different aspects of e-commerce, high level representatives from the industry bodies, e-commerce companies, telecommunication companies and IT companies, NGOs and independent experts.