Tirana, 23 November 2017: The global business community is clear on the vital role of the multilateral trading system in enabling economic growth, sustainable development and job creation. One area of particular priority, which ICC believes has real potential to deliver on the imperative to make globalisation more inclusive is e-commerce.

Recent years have witnessed remarkable developments in the digital economy, creating unprecedented opportunities for cross-border trade. Studies show that micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) that use online platforms are about five times more likely to export than those in the traditional economy. Entrepreneurs in developing economies are already at the forefront of this emerging trend.

ICC Albania sent a letter to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Economy urging them to commit at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) to a new WTO mandate for negotiations on e-commerce.

We believe that MC11 provides an important opportunity to strengthen the WTO system and, in doing so, respond to the many challenges of the 21stcentury.

Please check in the document to read ICC key messages for MC11.