The WTO’s Buenos Aires Ministerial: What Is at Stake for Africa and LDCs?

Volume
6,
Number
8
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8 November 2017
8 November 2017
The launch of the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round in 2001, also known as the Doha Development Agenda, triggered much hope among developing countries that the multilateral trade rulebook could be updated to better fit their specific needs and priorities. “We shall continue to make positive...
8 November 2017
Bridges Africa met with Francois Xavier Ngarambe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations Office in Geneva, to discuss the upcoming Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the WTO. Ambassador Ngarambe is currently the Coordinator of the African Group at...
8 November 2017
Least developed countries are confronted with significant challenges to preserve the integrity of the multilateral trade system and advance their development needs at a time when some large players seem to disengage from the WTO. What is at stake for them in Buenos Aires and beyond? Least developed...
8 November 2017
The WTO may have celebrated its 20 th anniversary in 2015 with an African-flavoured “Nairobi package”, but has the continent really benefited from current trade negotiations? The policy debate in Africa has centred over the last few years on the exact policy mix required for structural...
8 November 2017
At the Buenos Aires ministerial conference, WTO members will have an immediate opportunity to make progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 14.6 by establishing meaningful disciplines on fisheries subsidies to curb their environmental effects on fish stocks. Why are these...
8 November 2017
Ahead of the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, some WTO members have expressed interest in including aspects of the so-called “new economy,” in particular investment facilitation and e-commerce, in multilateral trade talks. Why should African countries engage on those topics?...
8 November 2017
Special and differential treatment provisions are an integral part of multilateral trade rules, but have not enabled the WTO’s poorest member countries to catch up with more developed countries and fully integrate into the global trade system. Could a new approach help developing countries, and...
8 November 2017
Agriculture is again set to be a central negotiating issue in talks at the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference. Trade-distorting subsidies, including for key LDC exports such as cotton, are on the negotiating table, along with other topics. What can LDCs expect? New estimates from the UN Food and...
8 November 2017
Inadequate institutional and productive capacities constitute major impediments to the participation of least developed countries in global trade. How is the Enhanced Integrated Framework supporting them, particularly in Africa, in their efforts to overcome these barriers and benefit more from...
8 November 2017
Since its inception, the WTO has always been marked by tensions over the scope of the issues it should cover. This article aims to shed light on a debate which, in all likelihood, will only intensify in the future. The debate on extending the scope of the WTO is not new; it was inherent in the...
8 November 2017
What Could WTO Talks on Agricultural Domestic Support Mean for Least Developed Countries? – ICTSD – October 2017 This paper examines the implications of various negotiating options at the World Trade Organization for the group of least developed countries (LDCs). It looks at historical and...