The World Trade Organization (WTO) rescheduled the 12th ministerial meeting (MC12), postponed twice, for the week of June 13, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Thus, it would take place almost exactly two years after the date scheduled for the meeting.
The decision was adopted at a meeting of the Organization’s General Council following the easing of restrictions in Switzerland, the host country, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
MC12 was due to take place from November 30 to December 3, 2021, but was postponed due to the Omicron variant outbreak, which led to the imposition of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Switzerland and many other European countries.
Ambassador Dacio Castillo of Honduras, president of the General Council, pointed out that setting the dates for the expected meeting should boost the work of the WTO and focus the discussion on the ministerial results. The exact dates of the meeting will be defined later, he noted.
“Let us work together, with the main objective in mind, that the Conference provides the WTO, and us here in Geneva, with the opportunity to show that the WTO can deliver,” said Ambassador Castillo. “Let’s make this count.”
The pandemic has twice forced the postponement of MC12. The meeting was originally scheduled for June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
The Ministerial Conference, attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the WTO’s highest decision-making body.