WTO reform, systemic issues and JSIs: what is on the table at MC13

28 February 2024

In-person press briefing with civil society present at WTO’s MC13

The 13th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC13) is being promoted as a “reform ministerial”. What does that really mean? This briefing explains the systemic and process aspects of this “reform” agenda, especially for developing countries. Expert speakers will address dispute settlement, the plurilateral Joint Statement Initiatives (JSIs), the proposed MC13 outcome document/ministerial declaration, and the process at MC13 itself.


  • Professor Emeritus Jane Kelsey, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
  • Abhijit Das, independent researcher & former Head of Centre for WTO Studies, India
  • Kinda Mohamadieh, Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher, Third World Network
Moderator: Rangarirai Machemedze, Coordinator of Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Southern Africa