Overview

ICC, in partnership with Qatar Chamber, is mobilizing business on concrete trade and investment proposals for an immediate debt-free stimulus to the world economy that will generate badly-needed growth and jobs. The World Trade Agenda is a global project to engage business to provide a practical approach to reaching agreements in the WTO.

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Background

Trade has been a driver of growth and employment for the past 60 years. This engine of the world economy is threatened by the stalemate in multilateral trade negotiations under the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Doha Development Agenda (DDA), launched in 2001.

The increase in trade and invesment restrictions fueled by the global economic downturn is damaging the business climate and prospects for recovery. This is occuring precisely when global trade and investment opening could provide a debt-free and much-needed boost to world economic growth.

Businesses produce the goods and services that are traded on a daily basis throughout the world. One of the challenges faced by business is the absence of global rules in many crucial areas. Improving the capacity of the WTO to expand international rules for trade and investment is a necessary condition for creating an effective 21st century rules-based multilateral system that generates economic growth and jobs creation.

Objectives

The World Trade Agenda is a strong business-led initiative to bolster rules-based trade. The WTO lends its support to this initiative by engaging business to provide recommendations to advance global trade negotiations. The World Trade Agenda aims to:

  • Define multilateral trade negotation priorities for business
  • Help governments set a trade policy agenda for the 21st century that contributes to economic growth and job creation
  • Find answers to the current economic crisis and drive more effective trade talks
  • Set concrete recommendations to advance global trade negotations
  • Sound the alarm on protectionism
  • Gather input and validation from the global business community on trade agenda priorities and recommendations for achieving a Doha victory.

The voice of business

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Global business in uniquely placed to recognize and identify areas where multilateral trade rules have been superceded by 21st century trading realities. Business is also positioned to suggest where innovative solutions to overcome the current obstacles in trade negotations may be found.

CEOs, senior corporate executives, and representatives of business organizations joined WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy at the first World Trade Agenda policy conference in March 2012.

There, participants began defining elements of a world trade agenda, underscoring the private sector's desire to move global trade talks out of the Doha Development Agenda deadlock.

Partnering for a 'Doha victory'

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ICC and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce launched WTA to help successfully conclude the round of multilateral trade negotiations that began in Doha, Qatar over a decade ago.

Since the Doha Round was launched, the Qatar Chamber has helped oversee one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world, thus giving the Qatar Chamber a unique understanding of the rapidly changing macro-economic conditions that now charaterize the current state of multilateral trade negotiations.

ICC and the Qatar Chamber are committed to mobilizing business around the world as one global voice towards one global solution: 'Doha victory'.

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ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, Interactive Discussions

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit, Interactive Discussions

Opening Day, ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Opening Day, ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

WTA Opening

WTA Opening

WTA Opening - Gerard Worms - ICC Chairman

WTA Opening - Gerard Worms - ICC Chairman

WTA Opening - Oman Ambassador

WTA Opening - Oman Ambassador

WTA Opening - Remy Rowhani - CEO, Qatar Chamber

WTA Opening - Remy Rowhani - CEO, Qatar Chamber

WTA opening - Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani - Chairman, Qatar Chamber

WTA opening - Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani - Chairman, Qatar Chamber

ICC Chairmanship and speakers gave a media conference during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

ICC Chairmanship and speakers gave a media conference during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Speakers delivered media conference during ICC World Trade Agenda Summit in Doha

Speakers delivered media conference during ICC World Trade Agenda Summit in Doha

Peter Mihok addressed media during the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha

Peter Mihok addressed media during the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha

Peter Mihok spoke to media on the occasion of the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress

Peter Mihok spoke to media on the occasion of the ICC WCF 8th World Chambers Congress

Victor Fung told media in Doha about the ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative

Victor Fung told media in Doha about the ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative

WTO's Valentine Rugwabiza addressed media during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

WTO's Valentine Rugwabiza addressed media during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Sheikh Khalifa addressed opening ceremony of ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Sheikh Khalifa addressed opening ceremony of ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Sheikh Khalifa took the podium at at the ICC WCF 8th Chambers Congress

Sheikh Khalifa took the podium at at the ICC WCF 8th Chambers Congress

Victor Fung gave opening remarks at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Victor Fung gave opening remarks at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Delegates attended the opening ceremony of the ICC World Trade Summit

Delegates attended the opening ceremony of the ICC World Trade Summit

Jean-Guy Carrier presented business priorities at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Jean-Guy Carrier presented business priorities at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms spoke to Qatar TV at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms spoke to Qatar TV at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Victor Fung chatted with other panelists at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Victor Fung chatted with other panelists at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Panelists entered discussions during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Panelists entered discussions during the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Speakers discuss global economy power shifts at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Speakers discuss global economy power shifts at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Nobel Laureate Michael Spence addresses the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Nobel Laureate Michael Spence addresses the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Michael Spence engages discussion at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Michael Spence engages discussion at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms and Sheikh Khalifa at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms and Sheikh Khalifa at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Plenary session at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Plenary session at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Harold McGraw III and Gerard Worms at ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Harold McGraw III and Gerard Worms at ICC World Trade Agenda Summit

Gerard Worms, Sheikh Khalifa and Victor Fung

Gerard Worms, Sheikh Khalifa and Victor Fung

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit session on global power shifts

ICC World Trade Agenda Summit session on global power shifts

Business and the WTO

Debate: Business and the WTO

ICC's World Trade Agenda Press Conference

ICC's World Trade Agenda Press Conference