Post-Ministerial Analysis (2018)

Data localization: English, French

Implications of WTO ecommerce proposals restricting access to algorithms: English

Policies for the platform economy: English, French

Preliminary note: Electronic authentication: some implications: English, Spanish

Results of the 11th ministerial conference of the WTO: English, Spanish

“Domestic regulation” rules in the WTO: English, Spanish

Market access the true aim of WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations: English, Spanish

Inequitable WTO rules in agriculture continue to impact farmers in the developing world: English, Spanish

Transnational corporations’ agenda on e-commerce: English, Spanish

International trade negotiations in context: The geopolitical dispute: English, Spanish

The Peoples’ Summit parallel to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference: English, Spanish

Digital industrialisation in developing countries: English, French summary

What development actors need to know about e-commerce: English

Data frameworks for a right to development: English

Get off the big data partnerships bandwagon: English

Statement from Civil Society Organizations working on eCommerce for Development, on the Africa eCommerce Week and Outcomes, December 2018: English: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx.

Why E-Commerce won’t work for Africa’s development.

La Economia Digital

‘Big tech’ en la OMC

Los países del Sur adoptan una postura firme sobre la geoeconomía de los datos

El Sur necesita políticas en materia de digitalización de datos, afirman expertas/os de organizaciones de la sociedad civil

Por qué el paradigma dominante del comercio digital no funcionará para las mujeres del Sur Global

El comercio electrónico y las micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas (MIPYME): ¿qué normas comerciales podrían mejorar el clima de negocios en África?

Nota Preliminar: Autentificación electrónica: algunas implicaciones

Las asociaciones de PYMES rechazan el programa de trabajo de PYMES y las Reglas de comercio electronico de la OMC

Un vistazo a la 11a Conferencia Ministerial de la OMC

Comercio electrónico y la agenda de las transnacionales

El contexto de las actuales negociaciones comerciales internacionales: La disputa geopolítica

Normas de "reglamentación nacional" en la OMC

Doce razones por las cuales debemos oponernos a las normas relativas al comercio digital en el marco de la OMC

El comercio electrónico y la OMC

Tecnología, comercio electrónico y empleo

Comercio electrónico, futuro del trabajo y su impacto en las mujeres

Argentine Government Revokes World Trade Organization’s Accreditation of Key Civil Society Organizations, Just Days before Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires

November 30, 2017: In an unprecedented action, the Argentine government has revoked the accreditation of 63 civil society experts -- trade unionists, development advocates, digital rights activists, environmentalists, and others -- just days before the 11th Ministerial meeting of the WTO (MC11) in Buenos Aires, advising the WTO that the experts will not be allowed in the country to participate in the meeting. The majority of the rejected organizations work together through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network.

Full media advisory: English, Spanish, French.

Letter to the WTO: English, Spanish, French.

December 2, 2017: For information on the public outcry about the above, and on how the Argentine government is justifying their actions, see e.g. here: English, Spanish.

December 3, 2017: Follow-up letter to Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO.

December 7, 2017: Letter from the European Commission expressing concern and asking for the decision to be reversed.

December 8, 2017: El gobierno de Macri deporta a periodista inglesa crítica de su gestión por haber entregado información de argentinos para Big Data (Sally Burch deported)

December 13, 2017: Open letter on civil society rights


Digital Trade Rules: A disastrous new constitution for the global economy written by and for Big Tech

The insanity of business-as-usual trade negotiations: While most nations are focused on coping with Covid-19 and its aftermath, some rich countries are pushing binding WTO rules

E-commerce proposals at the WTO: a recipe for corporate greed

Letter from 258 organizations from more than 150 countries to WTO Members: Stop all trade and investment treaty negotiations during the COVID-19 outbreak and refocus on access to medical supplies and saving lives: English, Spanish, French

Call to Halt Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations in the Middle of the COVID 19 Crisis: English, Spanish, French. Response from WTO DG Azevêdo.

Digital trade rules and Big Tech: Surrendering public good to private power

South sets out developmental priorities in face of COVID-19

US to target countries that impose digital services taxes

COVID-19 straw breaks free trade camel's back

COVID-19: South opposes attempts to foist trade liberalization measures

E-com proposals at WTO a recipe for corporate greed

COVID-19: JSI group for exploring emerging e-com/digital trade issues

COVID-19: CSOs call for fair & equitable benefit sharing of medical products

COVID-19: Trade policy choices during and after pandemic

Articles and statements (2019)

As WTO dispute settlement system collapses, civil society calls attention to need for fundamental change in global trade

The WTO 20 years after the 'battle of Seattle'

Looking back on the 1999 protests in Seattle: article

Prof. Stiglitz on digital trade (3 min video)

Fisheries subsidies negotiations and development in the World Trade Organization

Disciplining non-discriminatory domestic regulations in the services sectors – Another plurilateral track at the WTO

Investment facilitation – Another plurilateral initiative at the WTO and its potential implications

Digital public goods: A precondition for realising the SDGs: English

Anti‐development Impacts of Tax‐Related Provisions in Proposed Rules on Digital Trade in the WTO: English, Spanish, French

Giant tech corporations join forces with the WTO to try to launch a WTO 2.0 to cement digital colonialism through international treaties: English pdf, Spanish pdf

Letter from 315 CSOs from 90+ countries against Digital Trade talks in the WTO, April 1, 2019: English, Spanish, French

Statement against E-commerce Rules in the WTO: pdf docx

E-commerce negotiations being launched at the WEF are really about rules for digital colonisation

Martin Luther Munu: eCommerce and MSMEs: what trade rules could improve the business climate in Africa? English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx.

Why the dominant digital trade paradigm will not work for women in the global south: English pdf, Spanish, French.

South nations take firm stand on geo-economics of data: English pdf, Spanish, French.

South needs data digitalization policies, say CSO experts: English pdf, Spanish, French.

Updated Twelve Reasons: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, doc. French: pdf, docx.

11th WTO Ministerial, Buenos Aires 2017

December 13, 2017
Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS) Final Statement on MC11: English, Spanish, Arabic.

Media release (Dec 13, 2017):
Global civil society reactions to end of WTO ministerial conference: English, Spanish.

Media release (Dec 13, 2017):
On last day of WTO Ministerial, civil society distributes urgent recommendations to delegates attending heads of delegation meetings: English, Spanish.

Media release (Dec 11, 2017):
Civil Society Protest at the Entrance of the WTO 11th Ministerial in Buenos Aires: English.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Civil Society / NGO Contacts for MC11 WTO Ministerial Dec 10-13, 2017

Global civil society shares what’s at stake at MC 11:

Quote sheet on the rejection of the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”: English, Spanish.

Quote sheet and video: Civil Society Experts Outline What Is Needed to Protect the Development Mandate in Agriculture and Fisheries-Subsidies Negotiations in MC11: English, Spanish.

Quote sheet: ‘Investment facilitation for development’ is a Trojan horse for investment rules in WTO, say civil society advocates

Quote sheet: Public interest legal experts warn of dangers of WTO proposals on e-commerce, domestic regulation disciplines, investment facilitation and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)

Quotes from civil society experts

Video from the press conference

A Positive Outcome for Development at the MC11 in Argentina?
Video from the side event organized by OWINFS on Sunday, Dec 10.

December 8, 2017: El gobierno de Macri deporta a periodista inglesa crítica de su gestión por haber entregado información de argentinos para Big Data (Sally Burch deported)

December 8, 2017: Argentina causes WTO scandal: Critical NGOs banned and possibly denied entry on the border

December 8, 2017: Argentina’s WTO civil society ban is outrageous - ITUC OnLine

November 30, 2017: Argentine government revokes World Trade Organization’s accreditation of key civil society organizations, just days before Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires
December 3, 2017: Follow-up letter from OWINFS

October 9, 2017: Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx. Greek: pdf, docx.

Still relevant:

WTO Turnaround 2013:
Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First
– Statement (Oct 28, 2013): English Spanish French Portuguese

Sessions at the 2019 WTO Public Forum

#95. Future of WTO in a digitalised world.

#111. What would services as the next trade frontier look like?

#119. Why are computer and related services important?

Key Reports by the UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD report: Rising product digitalisation and losing trade competitiveness.

Trade and Development Report 2018: Power, Platforms and The Free Trade Delusion.

Rapport sur le commerce et le développement 2018, chapitre III : le développement économique dans un monde numérique : perspectives, pièges et options politiques.

Growing Trade in Electronic Transmissions: Implications for the South.

OWINFS members’ events at the UNCTAD eCommerce Week, Geneva, April 1-5, 2019

How e-commerce, international trade, and data flows can contribute to development.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Sustainable tax policy in the digital era: Implications of technology-enabled trade.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019.

Towards an empowerment score-card for women in e-commerce.
Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Strengthening MSMEs and creating jobs through digital industrialization: What policies work?
Thursday, April 4, 2019.

E-commerce: How should Africa position itself to maximize the opportunities?
Friday, April 5, 2019.

Analysis of key issues for the 11th WTO Ministerial

MSME associations reject MSMEs work program and ecommerce rules in WTO: English, Spanish.

Statement by women’s rights organisations rejecting the WTO Declaration on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Rebuttal to “The WTO Investment Facilitation Initiative: Why It Matters” – background note: Investment Facilitation for Development: Opening the doors of the WTO for hard rules on investment

A deadly irony for people’s economic rights as WTO opens talks on International Rights Day

Analyses of Domestic Regulation Disciplines

What Africa wants at MC11

Fisheries subsidies negotiations: English: pdf, doc. French: pdf, doc. Spanish: pdf, doc.

“Domestic regulation” rules in the WTO: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, doc.

The fourth industrial revolution will deepen the digital divide. Alliance Sud Position on the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference: English, French.

Key Analysis: E-commerce

Twelve reasons to oppose rules on digital commerce in the WTO: English: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, doc.

E-commerce and the World Trade Organization: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx.

Risk of a deepening of the digital divide – worrisome WTO discussions

Preliminary analysis of aspects of some WTO ecommerce proposals

Some preliminary implications of WTO source code proposal

Some of the implications of ecommerce proposals for government procurement

Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and e-commerce: English: pdf, docx.

Jane Kelsey: E-commerce: the development implications of future proofing global trade rules for GAFA

Burcu Kilic and Renata Avila:
Data is the new oil, so big tech is pushing for a digital free trade deal
Trading away our privacy; the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires
A new digital trade agenda: are we giving away the Internet?

E-signatures and trade: English: pdf.

Key Analysis: Agriculture

Agriculture remains key

WTO summit to ignore price crisis, agricultural dumping

WTO and Food Security: Biting the hand that feeds the poor

For India, the fight at WTO will be about food security

Media coverage

English Language Coverage:
  1. Argentina Blocks Some Activists From Attending WTO Meeting, New York Times
  2. Argentina blocks some activists from attending WTO meeting, Reuters
  3. Argentine government blocks at least 20 NGOs from attending WTO ministerial, Inside Trade
  4. Argentina bans activists from WTO meeting, Financial Times
  5. Argentina Blocks Some Activists From Attending WTO Meeting, U.S. News & World Report
  6., Politico Pro
  7. PR disaster for MC11, as host denies accreditation to many NGOs, Third World Network
  8. Neoliberal Argentina Bans NGOs From WTO Summit in Last-Minute 'Unprecedented' Move, Telesur
  9. Civil society group: Argentina denies entry to WTO meeting
  10. David Parker asked to intervene as WTO cancels NGO registrations, Voxy New Zealand — Points out that DHL, eBay, ICC, WEF etc are still accredited for MC11
  11. Economics NGO Sector: David Parker asked to intervene as WTO cancels NGO registrations in bizarre lead-up to ministerial, Live News New Zealand
  12. WTO Ministerial runs into trouble as Argentina turns away registered NGOs, United News of India
  13. In a bizarre move, Argentina bars NGOs, civil society from attending WTO conference, Down to Earth
  14. Revocation of NGO registrations in the WTO raises protests against the Argentine Government, Latin America in movement online
  15. TV interview on the revocation of NGO registrations,
  16. Argentina blocks two activists from entry on eve of WTO meet, Telesur
Spanish Language Coverage:
  1. Las ONGs, en la lista negra de Macri, Pagina 12
  2. Denuncian que el Gobierno prohibió el ingreso de 64 activistas a la OMC, Perfil
  3. Presentan en Buenos Aires programa de protestas contra la reunión de la OMC, EFE
  4. El Gobierno reconoce que prohibió la acreditación de ONGs a la OMC, El Cronista
  5. Activistas denuncian que se les impide el ingreso al país para cumbre de la OMC, Ambito Financiero, which is Argentina's leading business newspaper
  6. Activistas dicen que Argentina niega entrada a cumbre OMC, El Nuevo Herald
  7. Revocación de inscripciones ciudadanas en la OMC levanta protestas frente al Gobierno de Macri, America Latina en movimiento online
  8. OMC: lanzan Cumbre de los Pueblos y denuncian “papelón internacional” de Macri, Notas
  9. Escándalo con desacreditaciones: la OMC le echa la culpa a Macri, Notas
  10. Cumbre OMC: preocupación y protestas desde Europa porque el Gobierno negó el acceso a ONGs, Clarin, which is one of the main newspapers in Argentina; it is generally supportive of the government of Macri.
  11. El gobierno de Macri deporta a periodista inglesa crítica de su gestión por haber entregado información de argentinos para Big Data, El Disenso

French Language Coverage:

  1. Des ONG ont été refoulées à la réunion de l'OMC, Tribune de Genève