Monday, 29.11.2021 - 15.30pm – 17.30 CET, Online

From Low to Middle-Hanging Fruits: How Can the WTO Deliver on Development?

Expectations are high on the eve of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO. For months, delegations have been busy in trying to work on solutions, finding a way to manoeuvre between different interests; between demands by their capital and demands by other member states.

The world is watching. WTO will need to deliver, including for development. What outcome at MC12 is possible for developing countries? What do those developing countries hope for at MC12? What would they need from the multilateral trading system to achieve a diverse, dynamic and sustainable trading policy? 

At this event, trade experts and practitioners will reflect on these questions, as well as on future priorities for the WTO to deliver on development. Indeed, other aspects should not be forgotten, and the MC12 is not an end in itself. There remains a number of areas of significance to development which need to be addressed, failing which the credibility of the trading system may further erode. WTO members hence need to look beyond a joint Ministerial Declaration at MC12, and devise ways forward to deliver on key remaining issues.

The WTO in 2021 cannot be separated from the WTO in 2025. Developing countries still have high hopes and trust in the multilateral trading system. Their hopes should be a powerful fuel to move the engine towards a brighter multilateral future.


  • David Luke, Professor in Practice and Strategic Director, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International
  • Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, ITC
  • Manuela Tortora, former Chief of Technical Cooperation at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Alexandru Zegrea, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the WTO


  • Tina Blohm, Trade Policy Coordinator, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Headquarter Berlin

Cocktail reception
The event will be followed be a cocktail reception.

* Registration is required prior to the event. Venue and access details will be provided by email after registering. Due to Covid-19 regulations, registration is possible for a limited number of participants (first come, first served basis). Once the limit has been reached, registration through the link will no longer be possible.

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