The WTO is the international multilateral forum for negotiating and enforcing global rules governing cross-border trade in goods and services .The mandate of WTO does not include the regulation of electronic commerce per se, however the WTO is currently exploring together with its member countries how electronic commerce -as applied to trade in electronic goods and services- should be dealt within the context of the Uruguay Round Agreements and the Doha Development Agenda.
Sacha Wunsch, Vincent & Joanna McIntosh,
“WTO, E-Commerce and Information Technologies.
From the Uruguay Round to the Doha Development Agenda.” A Report for the United Nations Information Communications Technology (UN-ICT) Task Force
This report for the UN-ICT Task Force reviews the history of the WTO’s work on e-commerce and Information Technology (IT) trade between 1995 and 2003 and provides a comprehensive perspective of how WTO Members may further apply the rules-based trading system to e-commerce/IT through the Doha Development Agenda. Its purpose is to provide developing nations, civil society and non-WTO experts who are interested in the trade dimensions of e-commerce/IT with a reference that will explain both the scope and importance of the WTO's role in Information Technology governance and policy work on e-commerce.