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Inclusive Trade Action Group (ITAG) – Work programme 2020-2022

Background

Following the March 2018 signing of the Joint Declaration on Fostering Progressive and Inclusive Trade, ITAG was officially launched in November 2018 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on the margins of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting.

A Workplan was established for 2019-20, and many ITAG activities have been successfully carried out under that Workplan. The landmark signing of the Global Trade and Gender Arrangement represents an opportunity for ITAG Ministers to recommit to a renewed Workplan, taking account of current global circumstances.

The objectives of the 2020-2022 work plan are:

  1. working together to better understand and communicate the positive impact of trade and trade agreements on all segments of society;
  2. sharing experiences and best practices in order to develop inclusive trade provisions (e.g., on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, indigenous peoples, SMEs, labour, and the environment) and to promote their use in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations;
  3. building a community of like-minded nations and advancing the principles of inclusive trade together in multilateral fora and among Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) member countries, including to establish an ITAG caucus in APEC, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and at the World Trade Organization (WTO); and
  4. supporting our efforts for a sustainable and inclusive global trade and economic recovery post-COVID-19.

Proposed points of engagement 2020-2022

The work plan has been updated to reflect circumstances of COVID-19 and the need for increased virtual engagements.  Key ITAG priorities are:

Completed work to date

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