Bridges Negotiation Briefing: A Guide to the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference

Volume
21,
Number
40
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30 November 2017
30 November 2017
Trade ministers, negotiators, and thousands of business and civil society actors will gather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the World Trade Organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11), marking the first time that the global trade body’s highest-level meeting will be held in South America...
30 November 2017
New rules to address the negative environmental effects of subsidies to the fishing industry are one of the most likely possible outcomes of MC11. These negotiations were originally mandated in the Doha Declaration of 2001, only to languish for several years before being given renewed impetus by...
30 November 2017
Agriculture has long been central to trade talks at the WTO, despite only small steps forward in the 23 years since members first endorsed global rules on farm trade. Cutting trade-distorting farm subsidies and improving access to markets were key elements of the Doha Round negotiations, which...
30 November 2017
There is growing interest among trade experts and delegations in Geneva and beyond over the potential for e-commerce and digital trade to support economic development, especially by providing an effective way for small companies in less developed countries to participate in global trade and...
30 November 2017
Sixteen years ago, WTO members kicked off the Doha Round of trade negotiations, also known as the Doha Development Agenda , with the goal of rewriting global trade rules in a way that creates better conditions for developing countries to play a greater role in world trade. Although WTO members...
30 November 2017
A coalition of developed and developing economies is expected to unveil a declaration in Buenos Aires outlining several steps they plan to take over the coming two years towards incorporating a gender lens into their approaches to trade and development policy. The declaration from this WTO member...
30 November 2017
The subject of how to better facilitate investment has a long history in global economic policy discourse, interlinkages involving trade-related investment measures, services, and intellectual property. In recent months, groups of WTO members have tried to bring the discussion to the global trade...
30 November 2017
Although not currently a negotiating item, an effort to advance discussions in the WTO context on reforming fossil fuel subsidies is underway. An informal group of non-G20 countries known as the “Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform” (the Friends”) has prepared a statement to this end, which is...
30 November 2017
The growing share of services trade and the increasing shift of global value-added from goods to services has sharpened international focus on the importance of good regulation. Furthermore, the advent of the digital economy and new business models have drawn the attention of national regulators...