Background paper by the Secretariat
1. The Ministerial Decision on Cotton of 7 December 2013 (document WT/MIN(13)/41 and WT/L/916) adopted by Ministers at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali states, inter alia that:
"5. In this context, we therefore undertake to enhance transparency and monitoring in relation to the trade‑related aspects of cotton. To this end, we agree to hold a dedicated discussion on a bi‑annual basis in the context of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session to examine relevant trade‑related developments across the three pillars of Market Access, Domestic Support and Export Competition in relation to cotton.
6. The dedicated discussions shall be undertaken on the basis of factual information and data compiled by the WTO Secretariat from Members' notifications, complemented, as appropriate, by relevant information provided by Members to the WTO Secretariat.
7. The dedicated discussions shall in particular consider all forms of export subsidies for cotton and all export measures with equivalent effect, domestic support for cotton and tariff measures and non‑tariff measures applied to cotton exports from LDCs in markets of interest to them."