India, China sound caution on ambitious e-commerce agenda

August 4, 2016

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India, China and several other developing countries have cautioned the US, the European Union (EU), Japan and Canada, among others, not to rewrite the mandate for the work programme on electronic commerce at the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to people familiar with the development.

Rich nations want to craft ambitious global trade rules when most developing countries are grappling with basic access and connectivity issues, India and others warned. Over the past one month, the US, along with major industrialized and some developing countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Chile, have intensified efforts to frame an ambitious agenda for e-commerce that would be beneficial for their Internet industries. SOURCE:

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