Bridges Negotiation Briefing: A Brief Guide to Negotiations at the WTO's Ninth Ministerial Conference

Volume
17,
Number
40
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28 November 2013
28 November 2013
Trade ministers are set to meet in the Indonesian island province of Bali from 3-6 December for the WTO's Ninth Ministerial Conference, in a meeting that has been touted - for better or worse - as a turning point for the 159-member organisation. Yet on the eve of the conference, what will actually...
28 November 2013
The trade facilitation talks aim to simplify customs rules and reduce inefficiencies that create long lag times in cross-border flows of trade. The topic has grown in prominence in recent years due to the increased integration of global supply chains, and the resulting need to increase efficiency...
28 November 2013
Despite lack of agreement among negotiators on the "small package" of measures for the WTO's Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, draft texts on farm trade are being sent on to ministers. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, however, has clarified that these measures would not be presented as "agreed...
28 November 2013
Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT) has long been considered a crucial part of the Doha Round's development dimension. Originally created as an overarching mechanism to give preferential treatment to developing and least developed countries (LDCs), the measure aimed to help these...
28 November 2013
Improving the trading prospects of developing countries was the Doha Round's "raison d'être" when the negotiations began in 2001. Prior to the Round's launch, the organisation had been subjected to harsh scrutiny by some critics who charged that its rules, in their current form, placed too much of...