Fisheries, pandemic response, and agriculture will be the main priorities for the World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference towards the end of the year, according to its Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The long battle to secure a follow-up agreement to the 1995 WTO Agreement on Agriculture looks set to continue for many more years, following the submission this week of a long-awaited ‘draft negotiation text’ on the subject.
It’s taken former General Council chair David Walker about one month to figure out what members of the world trade institution in Geneva would likely want to negotiate on in the area of trade and health post-pandemic. Among others, Walker hopes that WTO members could agree quickly on a framework …
Here a new edition of our WTO Corner blog. It’s been a while…!
It’s been a very intense week at the WTO with plenty of discussions and negotiations taking place in critical topic areas for the institution. There is no breakthrough anywhere yet. Here is an attempt at a little state of play of where some of the most important discussions are: fisheries, …
By Robert Francis and Iana Dreyer. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala held high-powered meetings over a one-day-and-a-half of meetings in Brussels
Updated on 1 April 2021. G7 pledges work on WTO overhaul The United Kingdom hosted its first trade ministers meeting as post-Brexit G7 host online today. To the host, WTO reform was a major item it wanted to see addressed at the meeting. “Our like-minded democracies need to win the …
The arrival of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the helm of the World Trade Organization on Monday gave members a cautious sense of optimism about the ability of the institution to deliver new outcomes.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala started off her first day in her role as director-general with an energetic speech on what she wanted the World Trade Organization to achieve in 2021. Members agreed today to hold the organization’s next ministerial meeting in the week of 29 November in Geneva.