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Doha Development Agenda Bali, Indonesia, 3-7 December 2013

Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference

Outcome of the ninth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference (“MC9”), which took place in Bali, Indonesia, on 3 - 7 December 2013.

Main outcome of the ministerial

Ministers reached an agreement on a series of issues that should constitute a first step towards the conclusion of the Doha Round (the Doha Development Agenda – DDA). The three main pillars of work are:

  • Trade Facilitation: this is a new WTO Agreement that will improve customs procedures and transparency with a view to accelerating the cross-border movement of goods.
  • Agriculture, including food security, export competition, and other tariff-related issues (“Tariff Rate Quota” (TRQ) administration);
  • Development, including several provisions beneficial, in particular, for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in areas such as rules of origin, services etc.

The Conference also approved the accession of Yemen to the WTO. Yemen is the 160th Member of the organisation.


More information


"We have saved the WTO". Closing statement by Commissioner De Gucht, 7 December 2013. Watch extracts from the final press conference.

The Bali Ministerial declaration
, 7 December 2013

EU pledges new financial support to help developing countries implement WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, Bali, 6 December 2013

EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht addresses the plenary meeting of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference, Bali - 4 December 2013

"It is crunch time for the WTO". Press conference with EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht at the 9th Ministerial Conference of WTO, Bali, Indonesia - 4 December 2013.

Read the memo introducing the 9th World Trade Organisation Ministerial (WTO) conference in Bali, Indonesia, on 3-6 December 2013.

See some photos