Outcome of the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference

Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference

Hong Kong, 13-18 December 2005

The Hong Kong Ministerial Conference represented a modest but useful step forward in the Doha Round. The Ministerial Declaration provides a basis for further negotiation with a view to the completion of the Doha Round in 2006. The atmospherics of the meeting were positive, but no significant progress was made on the toughest issues, especially the key area of agricultural market access.

Key elements of the declaration include:

The meeting was seen by most as a useful, but modest step forward. It nevertheless leaves much to be done in a very short period of time in 2006, and has not substantively addressed the critical issue of agricultural market access, on which the ultimate success of the Round will hinge.