The future well-being of the world economy and amicable relations among countries may well depend on what can be agreed at this Conference. The Ministerial is likely to be an inflexion point, towards either more multilateral cooperation or more fragmentation.
It is extremely important for the future of the international trading system that the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference be seen to be a success. Success can be achieved if all Members approach the Ministerial with a broad view of what is good for the system rather than what they seek more narrowly for themselves. Success will be achieved if the Members who unanimously backed an activist for the post of Director-General will now support her by crafting an agreed Declaration.