Negotiating Services Market Access under the E-commerce Joint Statement Initiative: A development perspective

This brief examines the negotiations on services market access within the Joint Statement Initiative on Electronic Commerce among a group of WTO Members.

By Yasmin Ismail on July 6, 2021

Along with providing an update on the negotiating state of play, the author describes the requests involving services market access that have been submitted by participating WTO Members and which modes of supply these requests would fall under. The brief then examines the issues that may affect the pace of the negotiations going forward, along with reviewing what further commitments from developing countries on services market access could mean.

The brief concludes with short guiding questions that developing countries could consider as they decide on their negotiating positions.

This material has been produced with funding by UK aid from the UK Government. The Umbrella Grant is a project of the Trade and Investment Advocacy Fund (TAF2+) and is implemented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, in consortium with CUTS International, Geneva and BKP Economic Advisors.

Views expressed in the publication are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect HM Government’s official positions or those of TAF2+.

CUTS International Geneva

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Governance and Multilateral Agreements
Sustainable Development Goals
WTO Umbrella Grant Project on New Issues
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IISD and CUTS International, 2021