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Issuance of the WTO Joint Statement Initiative on E-commerce Statement by Ministers of Japan, Australia and Singapore (Statement by Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa)

December 14, 2021
  1. Today, Ministers of Japan, Australia and Singapore, co-conveners of the WTO Joint Statement Initiative on E-commerce, have issued a joint statement (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) concerning the relevant negotiation. This statement is very meaningful as it highlights the progress achieved by eighty-six participating Members to date and the way forward towards the conclusion of the negotiation, which has had its significance increased by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Although the 12th Ministerial Conference has been postponed, this negotiation on E-commerce remains one of the key areas for the WTO as an organization that promotes global trade. I believe it is important to continue delivering results from this negotiation, aiming for further progress in the next year.
  3. Japan has been advocating the concept of “Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT)” and sees significant value in realizing this concept. While maintaining inclusiveness for participating Members, Japan, as a co-convener of the initiative, will continue to accelerate the negotiation to achieve a high-standard outcome, including on the rules of free flow of data.

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