ICC, in partnership with Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched the ICC World Trade Agenda (WTA) to address the stalemate in multilateral trade negotiations under the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round.
The World Trade Agenda was launched in March 2012 at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in response to calls from WTO members and from G20 leaders for fresh approaches following a 12-year impasse in multilateral trade negotiations.
At the launch, CEOs, senior corporate executives, and representatives of business organizations began defining elements of a world trade agenda, underscoring the private sector’s desire to move global trade talks out of the Doha Development Agenda deadlock.
Opportunities for business
Through the World Trade Agenda, business leaders can contribute to concrete proposals for strengthening the rules-based multilateral trading system, reconfirming that global business is committed to the objectives of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Since its launch, the initiative has organized consultations with CEOs and senior executives in all major regions of the world to gather input and validation of its recommendations.
In addition to the set of issue-specific recommendations developed for the ICC World Trade Agenda Initiative, ICC also produces associated reports that support these recommendations and strengthen business messages to World Trade Organization members and governments.