The Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference marked a new starting point for WTO-based discussions on e-commerce with the resolve of 45 members to “initiate exploratory work together toward future WTO negotiations.” Thus, the period over the coming two years presents all WTO members with opportunities to consider afresh their interests in this context.
This dialogue aims to initiate an open and informal discussion on the different trade-related aspects of e-commerce; map out possible options for a way forward on the e-commerce processes at the WTO; increase awareness on the associated technical and political challenges; and examine the substantive and procedural aspects related to the implementation of the Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce and the decision to continue the work under the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce.
This dialogue falls under the first set of roundtables of the ICTSD initiative "WTO: Paths Forward." Building on the outcomes of the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, this initiative will provide a platform to exchange perspectives and in-depth analysis on possible options for WTO-based processes going forward and into the 12th Ministerial Conference.
This event is by invitation only.