E-commerce seminar, 14 June 2001 under the aegis of the Committee on Trade and Development. Since 1998, WTO members have regularly extended the moratorium at each ministerial conference and have continued to address e-commerce issues as part of the e-commerce agenda. The General Council`s decision is available here. For more information on the WTO`s work in e-commerce, click here. E-commerce Seminar, April 22, 2002 Seminar on the Impact of E-Commerce on Revenues. In a series of discussions, which took place from 2001 to 2003, members failed to reach consensus on these two cross-cutting issues. In addition, there was a deadlock on the procedural issue of changing the mandate of the work programme. While some countries supported the continuation of the work programme on the basis of several unresolved issues, others supported the creation of an additional body to examine cross-cutting issues in a more formal way. These three issues have paralyzed discussions in the General Council11. No progress was made until the tenth Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi in 2015.12 The Trade in Goods Council told the General Council that, given the outstanding issues, the work within the Council cannot go any further.13 , discussions on e-commerce were totally absent from trips Council meetings from 2003 to 2016.16 create a strong, rules-based framework for e-commerce and digital commerce. A future WTO e-commerce agreement should create a more open, transparent and predictable global digital trade framework in which Canadian businesses and consumers can operate.
This moratorium was originally intended to apply for five years (1995-1999), but has been extended several times since then, as members had not agreed on the scope and modalities that could be followed if complaints in the event of injury and situation did not apply to the TRIPS agreement. The WTO has an important role to play in defining a set of global trade rules in support of the digital economy. Recognizing the growing importance of e-commerce and digital commerce – and the need for global trade rules in this area – Canada and other WTO members made a joint statement at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017 to begin discussions on future WTO negotiations on trade aspects of e-commerce.