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WTO: Challenges for Developing Countries in the Near Future

by Bhagirath Lal Das
Size: 16.5cm x 21 cm
No. of pages: 20
Year Published: 2001
ISBN: 983-9747-62-2
Price: US$8.00 inclusive of postage cost by air mail

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The establishment of the WTO and the entry into force of the agreements under its auspices have visited considerable iniquities upon the developing countries over the last six years. Rife with imbalances and deficiencies, the WTO agreements and the manner of their implementation have hardly benefited the Third World nations but have instead littered their development path with imposing obstacles.

Amid this panorama of inequity, the major developed countries are pushing for the launch of fresh negotiations that could result in new WTO rules which add to the already onerous obligations of the developing countries and further undermine their development prospects. This paper calls on developing countries to resist these pressures wholeheartedly and insist instead that the myraid asymmetries in the existing agreements be remedied. This, in turn, demands that they shed thier previous passive stance and forge coordinated and consolidated positions within the WTO, emphasises the author, for only with proactive cooperation can the countries of the South effectively advance their interests in the multilateral trading system.

About the Author:
Bhagirath Lal Das was formerly India's Ambassador and permanent representative to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) forum. He also served as Director of International Trade Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is currently a consultant and advisor to several intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

Contents:

1. Introduction and Background

2. Sad Experience of Developing Countries
Grave Disappointment in Some Areas
Ongoing Process of Constraining Market Access
Costly Implementation
Special Interests Ignored
New Pressures

3. Facing the Challenges in the Near Future
Changed Approach of developing Countries
Agenda of Developed Countries
Main Fears of Developing Countries
Next Few Years

 

 


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