E-Commerce and the Digital Economy WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

E-commerce in the WTO Council for Trade in Services Regular Work

The regular work of the WTO is an important aspect of the multilateral trading system (MTS). Smaller developing and least-developed countries can derive benefits from the MTS by improving their participation in the regular work of the WTO. This Note gives a summarised account of the discussions in the WTO Council for Trade in Services (CTS) on issue related to the electronic commerce, in the last year from Aug 2017 to Sep 2018. It then outlines the tentative agenda of the WTO, including the CTS for 2019 on e-commerce, and the important activities where smaller developing and least-developed countries should participate actively.