ABOUT THE BOOK
The set of multilateral agreements under the jurisdiction of the World Trade Organization (WTO) governs the conduct of international trade. Implementation of the commitments imposed by these agreements has, however, given rise to a host of problems for the WTO’s developing-country members, ranging from non-realization of anticipated benefits to imbalances in the rules.
implementation-related issues have been on the WTO agenda for over a
decade, yet meaningful resolution is still proving elusive. This paper
documents the progress – or, more appropriately, lack thereof – in the
treatment of the implementation issues over the years. It looks at the
various decisions adopted, to little effect thus far, by the WTO in
this area, including the 2001 Doha Declaration which incorporates the
implementation issues into the remit of the ongoing
paper exhorts the developing countries to draw upon the
1. Factual Background
2. Implementation Issues
3. The Way Forward
1: Chairman’s Statement in the Closing Session of the
Annex 2: Decision on Implementation-Related Issues and Concerns
Annex 3: Compilation of Outstanding Implementation Issues Raised by Members
Annex 4: Outstanding Implementation Issues Which Are Subsumed in the Negotiating Mandate
Annex 5: Prioritization of Outstanding Implementation Issues Which Are Not Subsumed in the Negotiating Mandate
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