Information on WTO Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce

SAWTEE implemented the project from September 2020 to January 2021. The project was funded by CUTS-Geneva. Nepal is presently not a co-sponsor of the JSI on Electronic Commerce. Given the potential standard-setting nature of this initiative however, as well as its probable important impact on market liberalization in goods and services domains, policy-makers, negotiators and stakeholders in Nepal will need to understand where they stand in areas where these negotiations may set new international standards or request them to open their respective markets. This will be necessary in order for them to: (i) know their national priorities and interests in these areas; (ii) factor these in their international trade negotiating positions, where relevant; and (iii) effectively craft their national policies and strategies for the future.