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Work Programme on Electronic Commerce

Ministerial Decision of 19 December 2015 : WT/MIN(15)/42 — WT/L/977

The Ministerial Conference,

Recalling the “Work Programme on Electronic Commerce” adopted on 25 September 1998 and reaffirming subsequent Ministerial Declarations and Decisions on the Work Programme,


    1. To continue the work under the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce since our last session, based on the existing mandate and guidelines and on the basis of proposals submitted by Members in the relevant WTO bodies as set out in paragraphs 2 to 5 of the Work Programme,

    2. To instruct the General Council to hold periodic reviews in its sessions of July and December 2016 and July 2017 based on the reports that may be submitted by the WTO bodies entrusted with the implementation of the Work Programme and report to the next session of the Ministerial Conference,

    3. That Members will maintain the current practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions until our next session which we have decided to hold in 2017.