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The 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (Buenos Aires)

            The 11th Ministerial Conference took place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was chaired by Minister Susana Malcorra of Argentina. The Conference ended with a number of ministerial decisions, including on fisheries subsidies and e-commerce duties, and a commitment to continue negotiations in all areas.

            The Conference opened with the signing of a presidential declaration in support of the WTO. This was signed by:

  • President Macri of Argentina,
  • President Temer of Brazil,
  • President Cartes of Paraguay, and
  • President Vázquez of Uruguay
  • as well as by representatives of Colombia, Guyana, Mexico, Peru and Suriname.

            On 11-12 December the plenary sessions provided an opportunity for ministers representing the WTO's 164 members to make prepared statements. At the closing session on 13 December, the Chair, Minister Malcorra, issued a Chair's statement and Director-General Roberto Azevêdo delivered his closing speech.

            On the final day of the conference, three proponent groups announced new initiatives to advance talks at the WTO on the issues of:

            Other notable events at the Conference included:

            The Conference ended with the following ministerial decisions on:

  • Fisheries Subsidies;
  • Work Programme on Electronic Commerce;
  • TRIPS non-violation and situation complaints;
  • Work Programme on Small Economies;
  • The creation of the Working party on accession for South Sudan.

            In addition, resulting from the consultations and considerations outcome, Ukraine has joined the following documents:

  • Declaration in support of the Multilateral Trading System
  • Joint statement on Electronic Commerce
  • Joint statement on Services Domestic  Regulations
  • Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade.

Detailed information on the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (Buenos Aires)

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