DiploFoundation: The GIP Digital Watch Observatory: Summary Report from WTO Public Forum 2017

Trade: Behind the headlines’ was the theme of this year’s WTO Public Forum. Over 1500 policymakers, business representatives, NGOs, and academics met in Geneva, in what is widely recognised as a main venue for discussions on trade.

In this report, we focus on the discussions related to e‐commerce and digital policy, which have become increasingly prominent features of the Forum. Out of 106 sessions, about a third were dedicated to the challenges posed by digitalisation. We summarise the main digital pol‐ icy themes, distilled from our team’s reports from various sessions.