ICC brings voice of global business to WTO e-commerce negotiations

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is bringing the voice of business at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) negotiations for the use of electronic commerce (e-commerce).

ICC Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Crispin Conroy, today presented recommendations from the global business community during the first round of WTO negotiations on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce.

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In January 2019, 77 WTO Member States announced the creation of plurilateral negotiations to establish rules for electronic commerce (e-commerce). As the world business organization, ICC has called upon its global network to form a working group on e-commerce to bring the perspective of business, especially MSMEs, to the negotiating table.

The ICC Working Group on E-commerce is composed of more than 80 active member companies and trade associations worldwide. The Working Group spans firms across all industries participating in or affected by the digital economy, including content creators, e-commerce platforms, express shippers and payment providers.

Commenting on the WTO negotiations, ICC Secretary-General John W.H. Denton AO said:

While developments in the digital economy have resulted in remarkable change, the rules that underpin our multilateral trade system are still stuck in the past. I commend the 77 participating WTO Member States for taking up this important challenge on e-commerce and making sure that the voice of business is heard at every step of the process.

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