WTO members have agreed that the organization’s next Ministerial Conference will take place from 8 to 11 June 2020 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The dates were endorsed at an 18 October meeting of the WTO’s General Council.

The General Council agreed on 26 July to accept Kazakhstan’s offer to host the 12th Ministerial Conference in the Kazakh capital. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in Astana on 27 September, where they reviewed preparations for the Ministerial Conference.

The Ministerial Conference is the WTO’s top decision-making body and the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the organization instructs members to hold one at least every two years. The event is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members.

The previous Ministerial Conference (MC11) was held in Buenos Aires in December 2017.

The full list of items for discussion at the General Council can be found here.