WTO Failure to Adapt to Trade Shifts Could Hamper Nairobi Talks

December 14, 2015

The World Trade Organization could miss an opportunity to advance fairer international trade at its 10th ministerial conference in Kenya this week as it struggles to respond to a growing shift toward alliances between countries that bypass the 20-year-old body. More than two dozen ministers from the body’s 162 members are skipping the biennial meeting starting Tuesday in the capital, Nairobi. Those present will be handed a messy document because trade negotiators in Geneva couldn’t agree on the content of the draft declaration to be issued at the end of the four-day gathering.

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