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The WTO Fourth Meeting for Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce Held

June 20, 2018

On June 18 and 19, 2018, the fourth meeting for the Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Outline

On June 18 and 19 (same as local time), 2018, the fourth meeting for the WTO Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Based on the Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce issued at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) held in December 2017, the meeting was held to advance 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, the WTO members who had submitted proposals explained them and exchanged views with the participants. The next meeting will be held around mid-July 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

Reference 2: WTO Meeting for Exploratory Work on Electronic Commerce

The first meeting was held on March 14-15, 2018, the second one was held on April 18-19, 2018, and the third one was held on May 23-24, 2018, in Geneva. These meetings brought together approximately 80 Members, including the non-participants stipulated in the joint statement issued in December 2017, and these Members have been holding discussions toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce.

Reference 3: Proposals from Members

For the proposals at the previous meetings, please refer to the WTO website below (No. JOB/GC/174-182, 188, 189).

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Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau

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