A group of 71 WTO members agreed at the 11th Ministerial Conference in December 2017 to initiate exploratory work towards future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of e-commerce. In January 2019, 76 WTO members confirmed in a joint statement their intention to commence these negotiations. They agreed to “seek to achieve a high standard outcome that builds on existing WTO agreements and frameworks with the participation of as many WTO members as possible”.

The Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce of December 2017 is available here.

More information in this Joint Initiative on the WTO website here.

You can find the List of Proposals and Communications by all WTO Members participating to the negotiations here (as of 24 August 2023)

You can find various positions of the European Services Forum and of the Global Services Coalition here below or in the Positions Papers section of this website.

in July 2023, there are 88 WTO members who are participating to the talks.

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