World Trade Organization (WTO)

March 10, 2021

From 23 (Tuesday)-25 (Thursday) March, an Aid for Trade (AfT(note)) stocktaking event will be held in an online format, hosted by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The purpose of the event is to discuss AfT needs and responses to the economic challenges arising from the COVID-19 and share information relating to them. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) will co-host a session with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at this event.

(note) It is a general term for assistance to developing countries in the field of trade, including capacity building and infrastructure provision. It aims to improve the trade-related capacity of developing countries for economic development and poverty reduction.

Anyone who is interested in this session is welcome to attend by pre-registering (capacity limited). Please click on the link below to register.

1. Outline of the event

(1) Dates

23 (Tuesday) - 25 (Thursday) March 2021

(2) Agenda

The specific agenda and an outline of each session are posted on the AfT page of the WTO website (WTO | Development - Aid-for-Trade). During the conference, WTO Members and International Organizations will sponsor sessions on one of the following topics

Theme 1:
COVID-19, debt and financing
Theme 2:
Promoting an inclusive, green recovery
Theme 3:
Digital connectivity and ecommerce
Theme 4:
GVCs, supply side capacity and the pandemic
Theme 5:
Promoting recovery among MSMEs and in the tourism sector
Theme 6:
Adapting trade formalities to COVID-19 and future pandemic risk
Theme 7:
Regional approaches to COVID-19 recovery

2. Sessions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and JICA

(1) Schedule

Wednesday, March 24th 16:00-17:00 (JST)

(2) Program

Opening remarks by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Presentation by JICA 1: Impact of the new Corona on the value chain of agricultural products in developing countries
Presentation by JICA 2: Small-scale farmer support using digital technology: Case study in the Philippines (digital agricultural cooperative using an application)
JICA Presentation 3: Supporting small-scale farmers through digital technology: Case study in Indonesia (developing sales channels through e-commerce)
Q & A

(3) Objective

Digital transformation (DX) is taking place in many parts of the world due to the progress of digitalization, and the pandemic of the COVID-19 is driving this move. Countries around the world must work together to overcome the threat posed by the pandemic and develop international trade in a sustainable manner.
The keynote speech will address how the Japanese government is facing this challenge and playing a role in setting the rules for the digital area, and introduce some of the AfT initiativesundertaken in the digital sector.
In the age of the DX, JICA has been working on projects, utilizing digital technologies in many parts of the world. This seminar will also introduce JICA’s work in the field of agriculture and rural development in developing countries, using digital technology to help small-scale farmers integrate into the value chain.

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