Trade Policy and WTO Newsletter (July 2012)

At the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of the WTO (MC8), held in December 2011, ministers agreed to advance negotiations on specific elements of the Doha Development Agenda to reach provisional or definitive agreements earlier than the full conclusion of the single undertaking. Since then, ministers and ambassadors have been taking every opportunity to push the negotiations forward on individual items. There appears to be a gathering momentum in favour of trade facilitation although Brazil, India and South Africa continue to oppose the proposal.