Today kicks off the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference, taking place in Bali from December 3-6. As a sideline event, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) will host the Bali Trade & Development Symposium. The event will provide an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders, from policymakers to businesses to NGOs, to discuss key challenges facing the global trade system and the sustainable development agenda.

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By Ashley St. Thomas

By Antoine Bouet and David Laborde

We commit ourselves to comprehensive negotiations aimed at: substantial improvements in market access; reductions of, with a view to phasing out, all forms of export subsidies; and substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic support. We agree that special and differential treatment for developing countries shall be an integral part of all elements of the negotiations.

By Antoine Bouet and David Laborde

It can be argued that rich countries are becoming more and more open to international trade. In the US, the average tariff on dutiable imports declined from 59.1% in 1932 to 4.6% in 2005, according to the US International Trade Commission. And emerging economies like Brazil, China, and India have recently begun following the same path, supporting the idea that global trade is becoming progressively more free-flowing.

By Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla

I will first provide a brief summary of where the WTO negotiations currently stand along the Road to Bali, based on a summary given by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at the Informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting of October 25, 2013.