Canada to host virtual Ottawa Group meeting on World Trade Organization reform and COVID-19
“Canadian businesses need long-term stability and predictability to thrive at home and around the world—that is why Canada is leading efforts to modernize the rules-based multilateral trading system for businesses in the 21st century, particularly in these extraordinary times. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our international partners to support our businesses as countries begin to gradually reopen their economies.”
- Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Canada was a founding member of the WTO in 1995 and, before that, of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade—contributing to a trading system that continues to benefit Canadian businesses and exporters. Today, the WTO has 164 members from around the world.
Canada is leading efforts on WTO reform through the Ottawa Group, which acts as an impartial sounding board for key issues and ideas on how to advance WTO reform.
In addition to Canada, the Ottawa Group comprises Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Korea, and Switzerland.
The Ottawa Group supports its members in advancing concrete proposals to improve how the WTO functions over the short, medium, and long terms. This includes the dispute-settlement system, to ensure that trade rules are enforceable; the negotiating function, to ensure trade rules are relevant in the 21st century; and the day-to-day committee work at the WTO, to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
The Ottawa Group is also working together to increase stakeholder engagement to ensure their views on the importance of the rules-based trading system are heard by all WTO member governments.
- World Trade Organization
- Canada and the World Trade Organization
- Statement from Minister Ng on joint commitment with WTO members to support small businesses
- Statement on joint commitment with WTO members to maintain predictable and rules-based trade at this critical time
- Statement on joint WTO efforts to ensure open and predictable trade for food and agricultural products amid COVID-19
- Statement on Multi-party Interim Arrangement for appealing trade disputes through WTO
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