Data has intrinsic value as infrastructure in the new economy, where trade, supply chains and business operations are enabled by the ability to move data globally.
In December 2017, a group of members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to a Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce, effectively opening a path towards a WTO-based open plurilateral negotiation. Since then, these discussions have atttracted the attention of of approximately ninety WTO delegations who have been attending regular work meetings throughout the first semester of 2018.
As those discussions move into the second half of the year, delegations are looking forward to step up the game by holding text-based member driven thematic discussions, where positions and sensibilities are more clearly reflected and articulated.
In this context, ICTSD has taken the challenge of addressing the important topic of data flows and localisation requirements from both a policy and international rulemaking perspectives. The objective is to provide delegations and policy makers with a set of possible options for tackling this key issue within in the context of the plurilateral discussions.
WTO: Paths Forward is an ICTSD initiative that provides the research, ideas and neutral spaces negotiators need to ensure the technical work required for a successful 12th WTO Ministerial Conference moves forward.
Attendance to this event is by invitation only.