VCI on WTO negotiations in Nairobi

Pave the way for a modern-day fresh start

In the run-up to the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference from 15 to 18 December 2015 in Nairobi, the VCI calls for an end to the Doha Round. The association does not expect any longer any significant impulses for free trade and sustainable growth globally. The German chemical industry wants to strengthen the WTO: According to the VCI, a new agenda is needed for a more effective negotiating framework that reflects today’s conditions in world trade.

The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference will take place from 15 to 18 December 2015. VCI director-general recommends to make an end to the Doha Round and tro strive for a new agenda that reflects today's conditions in world trade. - Phofo: © WTO/Studio Casagrande
The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference will take place from 15 to 18 December 2015. VCI director-general recommends to make an end to the Doha Round and tro strive for a new agenda that reflects today's conditions in world trade. - Phofo: © WTO/Studio Casagrande

Prior to the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference that starts tomorrow in Nairobi, the German chemical industry association VCI is skeptical of the WTO Doha Round (Doha Development Agenda) being brought to a successful conclusion. VCI director-general Utz Tillmann: “In the light of many years of experience, the Nairobi conference will not give any decisive impulses for more free trade and economic development. After honest stock-taking, this is our recommendation: The WTO members should have the courage to make an end to the Doha Round.”

Tillmann emphasized the WTO’s role as an indispensable institution from the perspective of the German chemical industry: “We want to strengthen the WTO. Therefore, the way should be paved for a contemporary and more effective negotiating framework. We need a new WTO agenda that reflects today’s conditions in world trade. That agenda should include topics like global value chains, investment and strengthening innovations – for sustainable growth globally.”

Even if the Ministerial Conference managed to agree on a mini-package of issues from agriculture and development, the WTO would still be a long way away from its original ambitions, so the assessment by the VCI. The association sees no significant steps for a liberalisation of world trade. Tillmann: “The year 2015 did not bring any agreement on an effective work programme. This shows that the architecture of the Doha Development Round has reached its final limits.”


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