Subsidies WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Issues of interest to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Developing Countries

The WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, revived following the adoption of SDGs, can help the sector make a more sustainable contribution to development. However, a fair agreement should acknowledge the low impact of subsidies provided by small developing countries, who should be protected through special and differential treatment. This note reviews the proposals currently on the table, and identifies elements which could promote fishery diversity, livelihood sustainability and food security in small developing countries.