At the Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in Bali, Indonesia, from 3 to 7 December 2013, ministers adopted the “Bali Package”, a series of decisions aimed at streamlining trade, allowing developing countries more options for providing food security, boosting least-developed countries’ trade and helping development more generally. They also adopted a number of more routine decisions and accepted Yemen as a new member of the WTO.
Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference
The Bali Ministerial Declaration and the ministerial decisions that were adopted on 7 December 2013.
How the Conference was organized
The Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference was opened on 3 December by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The conference was also addressed by the Chairman, Indonesia's Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and the Chairman of the General Council, Ambassador Shahid Bashir (Pakistan).
The officers of the conference were the Chairman, Gita Wirjawan, and the Vice-Chairs: François Kanimba (Rwanda), Stephen Green (United Kingdom) and Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez (Peru).
The plenary sessions on 4 and 5 December provided an opportunity for ministers to make prepared statements.
On 5 December, ministers approved the accession of Yemen.