The long awaited appointment of a Digital Envoy to lead the UK government's ecommerce strategy has been delayed futher.
A spokesperson for the DTI told VNU Newswire this afternoon that the government has now decided to reassess the requirements of the Digital Envoy, based on the findings of the report on ecommerce from the Performance and Innovation Unit, to be published in August.
"The post may need strengthening, it may need someone more parliamentary," said a spokesperson for the DTI. She could not say if this would require another lengthy recruitment process.
The DTI admitted last month that the position is on hold because it needed the Prime Minister's approval and his priorities were with the war in Kosovo.
First announced back in November last year, the Digital Envoy was the brainchild of the then Trade and Industry secretary Peter Mandelson. Since his departure little news has been heard of the appointment, despite Mandelson saying such a position was essential if the UK was to fulfil the government's ambition of being the hub of electronic trading.
The much anticipated Ecommerce Bill is also running behind schedule. It was thought to be out last month, but recent speculation has suggested would finally emerge this week. However, the DTI spokesperson said that is no longer the case and no date had been set for its publication.
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