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NFTC, GIF Among Leading Industry Groups Urging Rapid Progress on E-Commerce Initiative at WTO

Washington D.C. - Following the announcement in Davos that countries would intensify efforts to begin negotiations at the World Trade Organization on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and the NFTC's Global Innovation Forum (GIF) today released a letter signed by more than 50 organizations from around the world urging rapid progress on an ambitious e-commerce agreement.

In an open letter to trade ministers, the groups write that, "Countries now have a unique opportunity to clarify and improve the existing framework of trade rules and commitments around trade facilitation, services, digital trade, transparency and trust to improve the ability of businesses of all sizes and across all industries to benefit from the global digital marketplace and realize the potential of e-commerce for development."

To read the full text of the statement, click here.


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