(October 2006 - May 2007)Innovative Development Strategies (IDS) is carrying out research for the Ministry of Commerce in the area of Domestic Commerce. Domestic commerce is considered to have a key role in promoting innovation, product development, entrepreneurship and quality assurance and therefore can position a country better to tap international markets effectively. IDS has commissioned studies on various aspects of domestic commerce, including competitiveness, protection, regulation, subsidies and incentives, wholesale, retail, storage, real estate and transport sectors and a synthesis of these aspects. The Collective has been invited to write a synthesis of the various studies and the domestic commerce survey findings. As the various studies are underway, the synthesis is still in its first phase.