UAE to host the 13th WTO Ministerial Meeting in 2024

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UAE to host the 13th WTO Ministerial Meeting in 2024

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 13th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting in February 2024. The African country of Cameroon had also expressed its willingness to host the 13th WTO ministerial meeting.

The WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 12 to June 17. It was originally meant to be held in Kazakhstan in 2020, but was postponed due to the covid pandemic.

The World Trade Organisation was set up on 1 January 1995 replacing the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT). Its main purpose is to promote rule based trading systems in the world and to settles trade related disputes between the member countries. 

The Ministerial Conference is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO and usually meets every two years.

It brings together all members of the WTO and takes decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.

The headquarters of WTO is in Geneva, Switzerland. There are 164 member countries .

Director General of WTO : Dr Ngozi -Okonjo-Iweala  of Nigeria

WTO Ministerial Meeting 






9 to 13 December 1996.


Geneva, Switzerland 

May 18 and 20, 1998


Seattle, United States of America 

November 30 and December 3, 1999,


Doha, Qatar

9-14 November 2001


Cancun, Mexico

 September 10 to 14, 2003


Hong Kong 

December 13 to December 18, 2005,


Geneva, Switzerland 

 30th November to 2nd December 2009,


Geneva, Switzerland 

December 15 to 17, 2011


Bali, Indonesia

3rd to 7th December 2013


Nairobi, Kenya

December 15 to 19, 2015


Buenos Aires, Argentina

December 10 to December 13, 2017


Geneva, Switzerland 

June 12 to June 17, 2022

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