World Trade Organization (WTO) News
In a communication forwarded to WTO members on 25 April, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the 12th Ministerial Conference Mr Timur Suleimenov of Kazakhstan and General Council Chair Ambassador Didier Chambovey of Switzerland informed delegations that the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place on 12-15 June 2022 at WTO headquarters in Geneva.
WTO members agreed on 23 February that the postponed MC12 would take place during the week of 13 June in Geneva, with the exact dates to be determined. The decision at a meeting of the organization’s General Council was taken following the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in the host country Switzerland.
MC12 was originally due to take place from 30 November to 3 December 2021 but was postponed due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which led to the imposition of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Switzerland and many other European countries.
The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. More information on the Ministerial Conferences is available here.
* This article is excerpted from the World Trade Organization News, 25 April 2022.