World Trade Organization

Acronym:
WTO
Address:
Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, CH-1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. Its main functions include: administering WTO trade agreements, providing a forum for trade negotiations, handling trade disputes, monitoring national trade policies, providing technical assistance and training for developing countries, and ensuring cooperation with other international organisations.

Trough negotiations among its member states, the WTO has established a system of agreements regulating international trade. The major treaties are the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) dealing with the trade in goods, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Within this framework, the WTO deals with several Internet governance and digital policy related issues, including e-commerce, arbitration, liberalisation of the telecommunications markets, and trade in telecommunications services. 

The WTO organises an annual WTO Public Forum, which brings together governments, non-governmental organisations, academics, businesses, and other stakeholders, for discussions on a broad range of issues pertaining inclusively to the digital economy. 

Events

Resources

Africa goes digital: Leaving no one behind (2018)

GIP event reports

Sustainable technology-enabled trade and a more inclusive trading system - Small state, ACP States, LDC and SSA perspective (2018)
Inclusive trade and new technologies: Challanges for African countries (2018)
Electronic Commerce and Inclusiveness of Global Value Chains (2018)
The rise of digital: tech and the changing nature of value added (2018)
The digitisation of SMEs and their role in shaping future trade (2018)
Services domestic regulation disciplines: Implications for SDGs in an era of blockchain and other new technologies (2018)
Privacy and consumer protection in the age of artificial intelligence (2018)
Leveraging technology to support SMEs in LDCs: Opportunities and challenges (2018)
Digital Trade and Cyber Security: Catalysts for Development? (2018)
Digital trade - Global anarchy or revival of rule-based world order? (2018)
Data localisation: Balancing trade disciplines and national policy objectives (2018)
Competition issues in the context of technology and internet-based firms (2018)
Blockchain and the future of trade: fostering sustainability and inclusiveness through innovative distributed ledger technologies (2018)
Will technology help developing countries have easier access to trade finance (2018)
The great connector: Digital trade policy as a path to a comprehensive framework for multilateral regulations of trade and socio-economic development (2018)
Shaping an intelligent tech & trade initiative – ITTI Driving AI-trade interactions to boost global prosperity (2018)
How e-commerce will drive inclusivity and become a profitable reality for SMEs & MSMEs by 2030 (2018)
How can WTO contribute to ensure that technology enables trade in goods and services in 2030 and beyond? Is the e-commerce multilateral initiative the right solution? (2018)
How a plurilateral e-commerce agreement can meet African economic development needs? (2018)
A workers' agenda for e-commerce (2018)
Technology for trade and agriculture: Unleashing agriculture global value chains' (GVCs) potential in OIC member countries (2018)
Opening Plenary Debate (2018)
E-commerce 2030: Enabling an inclusive future for e-commerce (2018)

Other resources

E-commerce in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (2013)
 

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