On 26 September, ICTSD in partnership with the World Economic Forum organised an E15 Engagement Day on the WTO and MC11 to contribute to discussions on possible ways forward at the WTO towards the 11th Ministerial Conference and beyond.
In the context of the G20’s reaffirmation of the importance of action on international trade, and the WTO in particular, to spur growth, six roundtables brought a small group of WTO delegates and E15 experts together in a non-negotiating setting. Deliberations covered the following E15 themes in two series of three roundtables running in parallel: agriculture, services facilitation, fossil fuel subsidies in the morning, then fisheries subsidies, e-commerce (digital economy), and investment facilitation in the afternoon. Two plenary sessions took place, “Towards MC11: Unlocking the WTO’s Potential” opening the day and “Synthesis and Ways Forward” to conclude.
This meeting is the first dedicated E15 contribution towards the WTO, and specifically about action framed in the new post-Nairobi two-year cycle of deliverables at ministerial meetings, commencing with MC11.
More information can be found on the E15Initiative website.