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International Chamber of Commerce
B20 Japan
“In cooperation with B20, ICC inspired the Trade Dialogues as a means to build momentum toward constructive outcomes on a range of priority issues impacting global trade. By taking the Dialogues online, we aim to further advance our deep and constructive engagement with the WTO to ensure the multilateral trading system is fit for purpose in the 21st century.”
John W.H Denton AO Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
"The decision of ICC, in cooperation with B20 to request the WTO to facilitate a Trade Dialogues with business has proved to be a game-changer. The WTO has never seen such high levels of private sector engagement. This has helped to inform and energise WTO Members' discussions on a number of issues – including on e-commerce and other areas of economic importance. I look forward to strengthening this dialogue through this new online platform, and thank ICC and the B20 for their continued leadership on this front."
Roberto Azevêdo Director General, World Trade Organization

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01. Investment Facilitation

Investment facilitation at the WTO must be seen against the backdrop of the increasing and reinforcing relationship between trade and investment in the global economy, as well as their potential for development and economic growth.

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02. Sustainability

Trade and the WTO have an important role to play in national and global efforts to boost economic prosperity, foster social inclusiveness and strengthen environmental sustainability.

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03. E-commerce

Discussions on electronic commerce at the WTO gained momentum in 2016 and engagement remains high to date. Many ideas have been put forward by members on how the WTO should address e-commerce given the changing nature of trade.

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04. MSMEs

The subject of MSMEs has emerged as an active topic of discussion among WTO members. In May 2017, a group of 47 members (counting the EU member States individually), the so-called “Friends of MSMEs”, launched an Informal Dialogue to discuss how this issue could be addressed at the WTO in a coordinated manner.

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Upcoming events

Aid for Trade Global Review 2019: “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment”

  • From 03/07/19 to 05/07/19
  • Rue de Lausanne 154 Genève

Aid for Trade helps developing countries, and particularly least developed countries, trade. Many developing countries face a range of supply-side and trade-related infrastructure obstacles which constrains their ability to engage in international trade.

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2019 Public Forum theme to be ‘Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World’

  • From 08/10/19 to 11/10/19
  • Rue de Lausanne 154 Genève

The trading landscape is increasingly characterized by changes in technology, production methods, employment patterns, demand patterns, demographics, and climate - to name just a few. Last year's Public Forum sought to describe these changes and consider how global trade would evolve over the coming decades.

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