Trade Dialogues Initiative
The World Trade Organization (WTO) started a series of dialogues with stakeholders, where they can highlight issues that are important to them. The first "Trade Dialogues" was held at the WTO's headquarters in May 2016 at the request of business representatives from around the world through the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the B20 among others.
In the past 13 months, two focus business groups have been exchanging views on how the work of the World Trade Organization can help address the current needs of business. The first business group worked around the theme of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and e-commerce, and made various recommendations. The second business group discussed issues such as market access, services and investment facilitation, and made some suggestions on how the work of the WTO can help business overcome difficulties when they operate in these areas. In their interactions with members, a range of other issues were also discussed, including agriculture matters (Ref: www.wto.org)
On 3rd July 2017, the business groups presented a set of recommendations to WTO members on how the organization could help both small and large companies in developed and developing countries by tackling obstacles to business in key sectors of interest. For more information and Reports from the Business Focus Group on E-Commerce & MSMEs and the Business Focus Group on Market Access, Services & Investment Facilitation kindly visit www.wto.org
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