13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13)

13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) mind map
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Hosted by United Arab Emirates
Chaired by H.E. Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
Review of the multilateral trading system
Action on future work of WTO
Side events on Digital Trade for Africa, Women and Trade, etc.
26-29 February 2024
To review and decide on the future work of the WTO
Key agendas
WTO reform
Trade and health
Climate change
Side discussions
Joint Initiative on e-commerce
Digital trade facilitation
Open digital environment
Business and consumer trust
Negotiations on e-payments, development provisions, customs duties
Moratorium on e-commerce customs duties
Developing countries vs. developed countries
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
H.E. Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Chairperson
WTO members
International Trade Centre (ITC)
World Bank, FIFA, and other organizations for side events
Opening session
Ministerial conversations
Working and convergence-building sessions
Heads of Delegation meeting
Strengthening global trade rules
Addressing key global trade issues
Divergent views on e-commerce moratorium
Complexities of WTO reform
Way Forward
Continuation of discussions
Negotiations on contentious issues
Potential compromise on e-commerce moratorium

The 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13), scheduled for 26-29 February 2024 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is a pivotal event aimed at reviewing the functioning of the multilateral trading system and deciding on the future work of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This conference brings together ministers from across the world to discuss critical global trade issues, including WTO reform, agriculture, trade and health, climate change, and e-commerce. A notable focus is on the e-commerce customs duties moratorium, a topic that has polarized developing and developed countries. While developing countries argue that the moratorium deprives them of much-needed revenue, developed countries and various business organizations support its continuation, citing studies that suggest imposing customs duties would be impractical and counterproductive. The MC13 also features significant side discussions, particularly on the Joint Initiative on e-commerce, aiming to address digital trade facilitation, the open digital environment, and business and consumer trust, among other areas. The conference is a critical platform for dialogue and decision-making on how to strengthen and adapt the global trading system to contemporary challenges​​​​​​​​​​.

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