The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will hold its 10th Ministerial Conference from 15-18 December at Nairobi, Kenya. There are several disturbing developments, in the run-up to the first Ministerial in Africa, that have serious consequences not just for India but the entire developing world. For the first time ever, there is no clear work programme identified for the 4 day conference. Instead, in a non-transparent manner, developed countries led by the United States of America (USA) and European Union (EU) are attempting to jettison long standing developmental concerns and instead launch a new 21st century Trade Round with issues that have been earlier roundly rejected by developing countries.
This note provides a summary of the main issues at stake in Nairobi.