In December 2019, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) co-hosted a workshop in Geneva to prepare the next WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12). The objective was to strengthen multilateral cooperation in the context of the WTO, which is currently facing a deep crisis due to the recent shutdown of its Appellate Body. Clara Brandi represented DIE at the workshop, organized by the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations (CEMUNE), which entailed a fruitful exchange between negotiators of past Ministerial Conferences, WTO experts and Bakhyt Sultanov, Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan and designated Chair of MC12. The next WTO Ministerial Conference will take place in June 2020 in Nur-Sultan.
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