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Global Trade and Gender Arrangement

The Participants have entered into the following Arrangement:

1. General Understandings

2. General Dispositions

3. International Instruments

4. Gender and Trade in Services

5. Gender and Responsible Business Conduct

Each Participant will encourage enterprises operating within its territory or subject to its jurisdiction to voluntarily incorporate into their internal policies those internationally recognised standards, guidelines, and principles that address gender equality that have been endorsed or are supported by that Participant.

6. Discrimination in the Workplace

7. Transparency

The Participants will share their respective experiences relating to policies and programmes to encourage women’s full and equal participation in national and international economies through voluntary reporting during the WTO trade policy review mechanism as part of their National Reports.

8. Cooperation

9. Areas of Cooperation

10. Trade and Gender Working Group

11. Contact Points for Trade and Gender

Within one month of signature, each Participant will designate a Contact Point for Trade and Gender to coordinate the implementation of this Arrangement.  The name and coordinates of the Contact Point will be noted on the Addendum to the Trade and Gender Arrangement according to the date on which each Participant signs the Arrangement.

12. Review

The Participants will consider, inter alia, opportunities to negotiate another legal form of this arrangement or a treaty-level instrument on trade and gender. The first periodic review of this arrangement will take place on a mutually determined basis no later than 3 years after it takes effect.

13. Additional Participants

The Participants may invite other economies interested in pursuing inclusive trade and investment approaches that contribute to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment to join this Arrangement. Interested economies will inform them in writing of their desire to join the Arrangement. Following a positive decision by the Trade and Gender Working Group, new Participants may join the Arrangement, which will take effect for them upon signature.

14. Working Language

The Participants understand that the working language for this arrangement will be English.

15. Differences in interpretation and implementation

The Participants will resolve any differences on the interpretation or application of this Arrangement amicably and in good faith, taking into account the objectives of this Arrangement.

16. Final dispositions

Signed in triplicate, at this day 2020, in the English, French and Spanish languages, each version being equally valid.

For Canada

For the Republic of Chile

For New Zealand


Contact Points for Trade and Gender   

ParticipantContact PointDate of Signature
CanadaGlobal Affairs Canada, Trade Agreements Secretariat, or its successorAugust 4 (GMT), 2020
ChileUndersecretariat of Economic International Affairs (“Subsecretaría de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales”), or its successor 
New ZealandTrade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or its successor
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