After 12 long years, DDA is far from concluded, and the aspirations of developing countries remain unfulfilled. Moreover, the changed and evolving global economic scenario and the question mark over the continued relevance of the MTS present additional challenges. Under these circumstances, what can the 9th WTO Ninth Ministerial Conference (MC9) deliver during its meeting in December 2013? And, what can the CARICOM countries do to contribute to a pro-development outcome in Bali? This short paper aims to provide elements for debate around these critical questions, by providing a broad brush assessment of the overall situation.