The Alliance for Global Internet Services (AGIS) is a non-profit
corporation founded in 1996. AGIS's primary purpose is to help promote
global access to new information and communication technologies as a
means of addressing social and economic development problems and
fostering international cooperation.
AGIS programs are particularly concerned with
spreading the benefits of the Internet to groups and areas of the world that are lagging
behind in their access to new technologies. Some of the particular objectives that AGIS
programs aim to accomplish include the following:
- Promoting the use of Internet applications that support the expansion of
global trade and broad-based access to the benefits that trade development can produce.
- Helping trade associations and other business organizations in emerging
markets use the Internet to improve member services and strengthen their institutional
- Helping organizations offering business development support to small and
microenterprises use the Internet to provide more effective services and foster economic
- Promoting increased utilization of the Internet to strengthen education
and training programs for global executives and managers.