Established in 1983, CUTS International (www.cuts-international.org) is a global public policy think- and action-tank on Trade, Regulation and Governance. With its headquarters in Jaipur, India and having almost four decades of experience of working on policy and practice issues from grassroots to the international level, it has established itself as a leading southern voice on public policy matters by effectively combining evidence-based policy research with advocacy, networking and capacity-building efforts. Other than having centres in different parts of India, the organisation has six overseas centres: Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Geneva (Switzerland) and Washington DC (United States of America).
The 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) of the WTO will take place from 30 November to 3 December, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. As the highest decision-making body of one of the most successful multilateral organisations, the Ministerial Conference always comes under immense scrutiny. This year, it has gained particular significance for multiple reasons.