Zunckel Predicts WTO Ministerial Demise

Speaking in advance of the WTO’s July Mini Ministerial meeting, Hilton Lambert Director, Hilton Zunckel, was interviewed by the CNBC (Africa) news service. Zunckel scoped the pertinent issues and likely mechanics of the deliberations for the week ahead. When questioned as to the likelihood of a ‘Doha Deal’ emerging from the meeting, Zunckel commented that if he was a betting man his money would be on an outcome where there were many unhappy negotiators returning from Geneva because of a lack of a substantive result. The Mini Ministerial subsequently ended inconclusively on 29 July 2008.