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The WTO Second Meeting for Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce Held

On April 18, 2018, the second meeting for the Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

At the meeting, Japan and the nine other Members submitted proposals on possible elements to discuss under the framework of the Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce, and exchanged views with other participants. The next meeting will be held around late-May 2018.

Outline

On April 18, 2018 (local time), the second meeting for the Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting was held based on the Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce issued at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) held in December 2017, and was the second meeting to discuss exploratory work towards future WTO negotiations. From the Japanese side, representatives from both the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) participated in the meeting.

At the meeting, Japan and the nine other Members submitted proposals on possible elements to discuss under the framework of the Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce, and exchanged views with other participants. The next meeting will be held around late-May 2018.

Reference 1: Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce

On December 13, 2017, at MC11, 71 Members that share the goal of advancing electronic commerce work in the WTO issued a joint statement.

Highlights of the joint statement

  • The Members will initiate exploratory work together toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce
  • Participation will be open to all WTO Members.
  • The first meeting will be held in the first quarter of 2018.

Reference 2: Summary of the First meeting for the Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce

On March 14, 2018, the first meeting for the Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the meeting, which brought together the approximately 80 Members, including the non-participants stipulated in the joint statement issued in December 2017, participants expressed their interest and expectations and held discussions on future approaches to advancing exploratory work.

Reference3: Proposals from Members

Release date

April 19, 2018

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Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau

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