Electronic Commerce and the WTO: The Changing Contours of Engagement Biswajit Dhar

Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) has emerged as a key issue in the run-up to the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Buenos Aires in December 2017. A number of countries across the development spectrum have backed inclusion of e-commerce in the WTO. Although the nature of disciplines that these countries favour is not entirely clear, yet the proposals strongly suggest that they would prefer using e-commerce as a vehicle for trade liberalisation in goods and services. Electronic_Commerce _WTO¬† (Download the full text in PDF format) (This article was originally posted in Madhyam.org.in on November…

The New Work Programme of the WTO Bhagirath Lal Das

The paper begins with some general observations on the process and effects of Doha, including the worsening of imbalances and the negotiating pattern. It then examines the issues covered by the new work programme, including implementation, agriculture, services, TRIPS, environment, the Singapore issues (investment, competition, transparency in government procurement), electronic commerce, trade, debt and finance; and trade and technology transfer. For each topic, the paper decribes the strong points, the weak or adverse points, and then provides suggestions for action. work_prg_wto (Download the full text in PDF format)