The Ministerial Conference is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO. The Ministerial Conference can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements. As stated in the Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference must meet at least once every two years.
The Eighth Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 15th to 17th, 2011. The Conference brought Members together to take stock of the WTO’s work during a period of uncertainty for the global economy. Ministers reviewed key areas of WTO activity, including how to strengthen and safeguard the rules-based multilateral trading system, how best to ensure that trade supports development, and how to move forward on the Doha Development Agenda negotiations. Canada was represented at the Conference by International Trade Minister Ed Fast.