The First WTO Ministerial Conference

The First WTO Ministerial Conference was held in Singapore between 9 and 13 December 1996.

Other WTO Ministerials:
> Cancún 10-14 Sep. 2003
Doha 10–14 Nov. 2001
>Seattle 30 Nov–3 Dec 1999
> Geneva 18 & 20 May 1998

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Trade, foreign, finance and agriculture Ministers from more than 120 World Trade Organization Member governments and from those in the process of acceding to the WTO participated in a Ministerial Conference in Singapore from 9 to 13 December 1996. The Conference was the first since the WTO entered into force on 1 January 1995. It included plenary meetings and various multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral business sessions. These examined issues related to the work of the WTO's first two years of activity and the implementation of the Uruguay Round Agreements. The Singaporean Government was the official host of the Ministerial.


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Ministerial declarations 


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Background material 

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Other documents 

More Ministerial documents are available in the online documents database. See instructions on right on how to search and download these documents.

  • WT/MIN(96)/ Ministerial Conference Singapore
  • WT/MIN(96)/DEC/ Ministerial Conference Singapore — Declaration
  • WT/MIN(96)/DEC/W/ Ministerial Conference Singapore — Declaration — Working documents
  • WT/MIN(96)/INF/ Ministerial Conference Singapore
  • WT/MIN(96)/SR/ Ministerial Conference Singapore — Summary Records
  • WT/MIN(96)/ST/ Ministerial Conference Singapore — Statements
  • WT/MIN(96)/W/ Ministerial Conference Singapore — Working documents
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