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SUNS # 9958 Monday  4 March 2024


WTO: MC13 goes into crisis mode as positions remain entrenched (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Abu Dhabi)
Differences over the draft texts on agriculture and fisheries subsidies issued on 1 March seem to have snowball ed with no meeting ground on the issues among heads of delegation, including o n the Abu Dhabi Ministerial Declaration, following which discussions were suspend ed indefinitely, said delegates familiar with the discussions.

WTO: "Make-or-break" negotiations to commence on agriculture at MC13 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Abu Dhabi)
A final round of "make-or-break" negotiations on agriculture will commence in Abu Dhabi based on the draft t ext issued early morning on 1 March.

WTO: MC13 fails to deliver on COVID-19 diagnostics & therapeutics (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Abu Dhabi)
The World Trade Organization's 13th ministerial conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi on day four seemingly failed to show a "human face", after it failed to deliver on COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics as agreed at MC12 in Geneva.

WTO: IFD proponents press for more discussions after MC13 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Abu Dhabi)
The proponents of the controversial plurilateral Agreement on Investment Facilitation for Development (IFD), wh o suffered a major setback at the World Trade Organization's 13th ministerial conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi on 28 February, have floated another proposa l for continuing the discussions at the WTO's General Council after MC13, sai d delegates who asked not to be quoted.

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