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TWN Trade & Development Series 35

The WTO’s Doha Negotiations: An Assessment

By Bhagirath Lal Das

Publisher: TWN (ISBN: 978-983-2729-32-7)

Year: 2008   No. of pages: 72

ABOUT THE BOOK

The ongoing Doha negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are now delicately poised at a stage where WTO member states are discussing concrete reforms to the rules and practices of international trade.

This paper examines the current state of play at this critical juncture of the talks from the perspective of development and developing countries’ interests. It looks at key areas of agreement – and disagreement – in the main subjects on the negotiating agenda: agriculture, industrial tariffs, services, the “development issues”, and some important recent developments pertaining to subsidy and anti-dumping rules and to “environmental goods”.

 The author, a leading authority on international trade negotiations, also provides specific suggestions on the stand the developing countries could take in the various negotiating areas to better safeguard their economic growth prospects. More generally, he calls for enhanced cooperation among the countries of the South in forging collective negotiating positions that will protect and advance their common development interests.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

BHAGIRATH LAL DAS was formerly Director of International Trade Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and India’s Ambassador to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) forum.

Contents

1.      Introduction                                                                           

2.            The Negotiating Environment                                                   

3.      The Forgotten Development Agenda 

        

4.            Agriculture

5.            Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA)

6.            Services

7.            Some Other Issues

8.            Conclusion

9.            Summary of Suggestions

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