18 December 2023
Overview of the implications for developing countries/LDCs of the JSI E-commerce text (Revision 5)
by Jane Kelsey | Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
Developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) face
growing pressure to participate in and adopt the outcomes of
plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce, known as the
Electronic Commerce Joint Statement Initiative (JSI), that are being
conducted by a sub-group of WTO Members outside the WTO’s
mandated procedures and bodies.
As the proponents seek to close out at least an initial tranche of the JSI
in early 2024, this short memorandum highlights at a high-level some
of the consequences for developing countries/LDCs. A separate
memorandum will examine Revision 5 of the JSI text in more detail.
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