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Minister Seko Hosts Informal Meeting of Ministers on WTO E-commerce Initiative

January 25, 2019

On January 25 (same as local time), 2019, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Davos, Switzerland, and attended an Informal Meeting of Ministers on the World Trade Organization (WTO) E-commerce Initiative as a co-chair. Following the meeting, like-minded Members including Japan released a Joint Statement.

Outline of the Meeting

On January 25, 2019, in Davos, Switzerland, Minister Seko, H.E. Mr. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Australia, and H.E. Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, jointly hosted an Informal Meeting of Ministers on WTO E-commerce Initiative.

At the meeting, participating Members exchanged views on how WTO negotiations can capture opportunities offered by e-commerce for businesses, consumers and the global economy.

Following the meeting, 76 WTO Members, representing over 90% of global trade issued a Joint Statement confirming their intention to commence WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of e-commerce (see Appendix 1 (PDF:24KB)PDFファイル).

In addition, after the meeting, co-chairs of the three Members issued a Joint Media Release concerning the Joint Statement (see Appendix 2(PDF:48KB)PDFファイル).

Appendix

Division in Charge

Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau