Who will put public domain information about business-related documents, procedures and regulations on the Internet in developing countries?
There is much information in the public domain that matters very much to small business: how to obtain a business license, regulations about VAT, customs tariff rates, documents for rebates on employee training, demurrage fees, and so forth.
Many people may say that the responsibility for putting that information on the Internet lies with the respective authorities that issue the documents, procedures and regulations.
Also, many people may say it is important that this information be put on the Internet, for two reasons.
- It helps to enable a vibrant private sector.
- It helps transparency, because the information is made unequivocally public when it is put on the Internet.
Many governments and statutory bodies that issue the information (documents, procedures, and regulations) do not put it on the Internet. There are many obstacles that include money, skills, authority, computers, logistics. So, the governance issues need to be sorted out.
But until then, what about the small businesses? Who will put the information on the Internet?
Chambers? how, what, and will they charge for the information?
Private websites - will they charge?
What about keeping the information updated - who is responsible?
There are many questions.