Informal Note, September 2013

Brief on Trade Facilitation Negotiations

An agreement on trade facilitation is being propped as a viable outcome from the World Trade Organization (WTO) 9th Ministerial Conference, to be held in Bali at the end of 2013. WTO Members formally agreed to launch negotiations on trade facilitation in 2004 pursuant to the July 2004 Framework Package (referred to as the post-Cancun decision) . It is worth remembering that trade facilitation was part of the four ‘Singapore Issues’, along with investment, government procurement, and competition, which developing countries have opposed to include in the WTO negotiations agenda at the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun.

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