WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

WTO MC9: An Outcome Evaluation and Suggestions for Way Forward for ACP States

After years of stalemate, the WTO 9th Ministerial Conference (MC9), held in Bali, Indonesia in early December 2013, delivered positive movement in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The success at Bali, no matter how important is not the end of the road but rather the start of a process. This paper proposes a reflexion on post-Bali WTO negotiations prospects for the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States. The author reflects around key questions pertaining to implementation challenges, defining negotiating interests, and possible approaches to remaining DDA negotiations among others.