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WTO Negotitions - Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) – Outcomes for agriculture and fisheries

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    Thirteenth WTO Ministerial Conference: what outcomes for agriculture and fisheries? 2024
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    The 13th Ministerial Conference of the WTO (MC13) took place from 26 February to 2 March 2024 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Conference was chaired by the Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the host country. Agriculture and fisheries subsidies were once more at the centre of the deliberations, but no concrete outcome was possible due to differences and divergence of positions among Members. However, WTO Members adopted a number of important decisions and declarations that are relevant for the two sectors. These included a Ministerial Declaration reaffirming the principles and objectives of the WTO and providing the framework for the continuation of the work in a number of areas, a “Ministerial Decision on dispute settlement reform”, a “Ministerial Decision on work programme on small economies”, a “Ministerial Declaration on strengthening regulatory cooperation to reduce technical barriers to trade”, and a “Ministerial Declaration on the precise, effective and operational implementation of special and differential treatment provisions of the agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade” . Finally, the Ministerial Conference decided that the Comoros and Timor-Leste may accede to the WTO under the terms and conditions set out in their respective protocols of accession. The two countries will formally join the WTO on the thirtieth day following the date on which the protocols have been accepted by their respective domestic constituencies. The accession of these two new members will bring the total number of WTO members to 166.
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    Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12)
    Outcomes for agriculture and fisheries
    2022
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    The Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12 to 17 June 2022. Following the conclusion of the meeting, this brief reports on its outcome, with particular reference to the negotiations on agriculture and fisheries.
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    FAO Fact Sheets: Input for the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Cancún 2003
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    For the WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancún, Mexico, FAO has produced fifteen briefings on trade issues critical to developing countries in the current negotiations. Their purpose is to provide basic facts and issues relating to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. They cover facts and issues especially important for Least Developing Countries (LDC) and Net Food Importing Developing Countries (NFIDC), but also for other Developing Countries for which exports in these sectors are critical to their economies. Issues covered include the increasing food-import reliance of many developing countries, the growth of food imports and food import bills, special safeguard provisions and import surges and identifying special products for differential treatment in the trade agreement. The issues include those which concern exports, such as tariff escalation and tariff preferences, non-tariff trade barriers, as well as the importance of certain export products such as fruits and vegetables, cotton, a nd sugar. The fact sheets also outline special agricultural concerns in respect of trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS). Key words: tariff, tariff preferences, tariff escalation, import bills, non-tariff barriers, TRIPS, special safeguards, developing countries, Least Developed Countries, Net Food Importing Developing Countries, WTO, Doha Development Round, Cancun Ministerial, Sugar, Cotton, Fruits and Vegetables, agricultural trade.

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