Technical Barriers Committee helps strengthen value chains, acts as incubator for WTO reforms

The WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement and the work of the TBT Committee play a vital role in ensuring supply chains are effective and resilient, said Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam at the WTO Symposium on Easing Regulatory Bottlenecks held at the WTO on 14 October. Standard setting can support countries’ transition towards decarbonisation and digitalisation, he noted. He stressed that the Committee’s work must be considered in the context of reform of the multilateral trading system.