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Delegation of the Ministry for Economic Development joined drafting of future WTO Agreement in Geneva
27.09.2019 | 11:50 | Directorate for relations with state bodies and public

The delegation of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture headed by Deputy Minister, Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka took part in a scheduled meeting of co-authors of Joint Statement of the WTO Members on e-commerce held in Geneva on September 24-27.

During the working visit, Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka met with important trade partners of Ukraine, in particular, with representatives of the USA, EU, China, the United Kingdom, as well as the leadership of the WTO Secretariat and joined drafting of future WTO Agreement on e-commerce together with the delegation members.

“During the working meetings with our partners, we discussed the important issues of bilateral trade and economic cooperation and WTO reform. In particular, we focused on ensuring the operation of a dispute resolution system, enhancing the WTO’s function as a platform for multilateral trade negotiations, ensuring transparency and efficient monitoring of WTO activities, improving the efficiency of regular WTO bodies, and other important issues”, Deputy Minister, Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka commented on the event.

Also during the meeting, WTO Members discussed text proposals of members, including Ukraine, as to a future e-commerce agreement on the following issues:

  • facilitating electronic transactions (legal regulation of electronic transactions; authentication and digital signatures; electronic contracts, billing, invoices, etc.);
  • non-discrimination and liability (application of facilitation regime to digital products, etc.);
  • protecting consumers from frauds in online shopping and spam;
  • transparency and cooperation.

More information on e-commerce is available at the official websites of WTO and the Ministry of Economic Development.

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