Davos Trade Discussions

By Shannon Togawa Mercer

Davos, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, concluded on Saturday, January 23. Trade ministers attending Davos took advantage of it as a forum to discuss pertinent trade issues. This year, Davos happened little over a month after the WTO’s tenth ministerial conference. According to the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), ministers at Davos discussed the importance of WTO negotiations, the conclusions of the 10th ministerial conference, and vestigial issues from the earlier ongoing Doha Round negotiations. ICTSD also reports that trade ministers present at Davos discussed the state of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).  United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman, commented that negotiating parties “had an opportunity to support further progress” in the negotiations at Davos.