WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

Towards MC11: A Synopsis of Small Developing Countries and LDCs Interests

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) face a multitude of challenges that have hindered their effective integration in the multilateral trading system. These have been acknowledged by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership and as a result a number of Ministerial Conferences have made decisions favourable to resolving the challenges faced by LDCs. Nevertheless, despite some progress, a number of issues in their interest remain unresolved. Some of the outstanding LDC-specific issues are related to agriculture, cotton, special and differential treatment provisions, and fisheries subsidies.