16:00 – 18:00, 22 February 2016, Committee Room 16, House of Commons

Keynote speaker: Mr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development

Chair: Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty

Panellists:

Mr. Darlington Mwape, Senior Fellow, ICTSD; former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the WTO

Mr. Cristián Rodríguez Chiffelle, Lead, International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum

Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne MP, Minister of State, Department for International Development

Ministers of 164 member states convened in the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference (WTO MC10) in December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. After five days of negotiations, the WTO members secured an ‘historic’ agreement on a series of trade initiatives, the ‘Nairobi Package’, which included ministerial decisions on eliminating agricultural export subsidies – noted as ‘the most significant outcome on agriculture’ by the WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. There were also outcomes agreed which are specific to Least Developed Countries.Despite these successes, the Ministerial Conference concluded with an acknowledgment that there is an unresolved divide among members with respect to the future agenda of WTO negotiations, in particular whether or not to continue committing to the existing Doha Development Round structure. For developing countries, there is now considerable uncertainty about how their priority interests, such as on agriculture, will be tackled in the WTO.The Seminar will reflect on the outcomes of the WTO MC10 and their implication for the future of global trade talks and governance for developing countries.

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