A high standard outcome to power the post-COVID economy

A memo to WTO Members negotiating the Joint Statement Initiative on E-commerce on a high standard outcome to power the post-COVID economy.

COVID-19 has upended the normal course of business action across the global real economy.

Against this economic shock e-commerce proved itself to be a lifeline for millions of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) hard hit by prolonged quarantines, and ensured continued access to goods and services for millions of people around the globe.

As communities have socially distanced to flatten the curve, contactless payments have enabled safe, COVID-free transactions; brick-and-mortar retailers have rapidly moved to sell their wares online, powered by a vibrant ecosystem of software as a service providers; citizens have used social media to maintain connection with friends and loved ones across the globe; and e-commerce marketplaces have provided consumers with safety, choice and convenience.

This paper calls on negotiators of the Joint Statement Initiative on E-commerce to focus on five key areas to ensure a high standard outcome to power the post-COVID economy.

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