The Ninth Ministerial Conference will be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 3 to 6 December 2013. The Opening Ceremony will be held on the afternoon of the first day, Tuesday 3 December, followed by two working days, 4 and 5 December, with the Closing Ceremony on the final day, Friday 6 December.
The Ministerial Conference is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO, which usually meets every two years. It brings together all members of the WTO, all of which are countries or customs unions. The Ministerial Conference can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.
The most intensive negotiations since July 2008 have allowed WTO members to come “very close to fully agreed texts” but final agreement remains elusive and “over the last few days, we stopped making the tough political calls,” Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the last General Council meeting before the Bali Ministerial Conference, on 26 November 2013.
The issues that will be discussed at this year’s Ministerial Conference are: