Getting past the Doha Round crisis: Moving forward in the WTO

John Weekes 28 May 2011

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Bringing the Doha negotiations to a successful conclusion is by far the best course of action. The valuable contribution that such a development would make to strengthen the trading system has been examined at length elsewhere. No single achievement would be more valuable than binding in the WTO rulebook the current level of trade protection maintained by its members in all three areas of market access – industrial goods, agriculture, and services.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Next Steps Doha

Salvaging Doha

Ujal Singh Bhatia 10 May 2011

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Some influential observers are prepared to perform the last rites of the Doha Round of multilateral trade talks. Sceptics argue that governments are simply avoiding being the first to state an inconvenient truth. However, the events over the last few days in Geneva have demonstrated that governments are not prepared to throw in the towel yet.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Salvaging Doha

Does the WTO matter?

Pushan Dutt, Ilian Mihov, Timothy Van Zandt 01 May 2011

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On 30 October 1947, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was signed between 23 countries. Since then, world exports of goods and services have grown rapidly, in nominal terms, in real terms, and in terms of share of world GDP.

Figure 1 shows that nominal world exports increased from $71 billion in 1948 to nearly $16 trillion in 2009. In terms of share of world GDP, exports doubled from 12% in 1960 to more than 24% in 2009, reaching a peak of 29% in 2008.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round

Introducing a new eBook: Why world leaders must resist the false promise of another Doha delay

Richard Baldwin, Simon J Evenett 28 April 2011

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The Doha Round of multilateral trade negations has come to a critical point. Last week the WTO released – for the first time in 10 years of talks – the Doha package in its entirety. These documents illustrate the enormous progress that has been made, but they also clearly outline the deadlock holding up progress.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, global governance

Why world leaders must resist the false promise of another Doha delay: Introduction to the issues

Richard Baldwin, Simon J Evenett 28 April 2011

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The world trade system is at a historical fork: WTO members must make a choice. Key decisions will be taken in discussions that start with the 29th April 2011 meeting of the Doha Round’s steering committee and that will continue for the coming weeks (assuming that this Friday’s meeting avoids an acrimonious breakdown).

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, global governance

The Future of Doha and the WTO: a CEPR trade seminar

Viv Davies 27 April 2011

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CEPR, in collaboration with the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), recently organised a high-level seminar in London on ‘The Future of Doha and the WTO’.

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Topics:  Global governance International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, international trade

The dubious hold-up over NAMA

Simon J Evenett 28 April 2011

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 I believe we are confronted with a clear political gap which, as things stand, under the NAMA framework currently on the table, and from what I have heard in my consultations, is not bridgeable today--Mr. Pascal Lamy, Report by the Director-General on his consultations on NAMA Sectoral Negotiations, 21 April 2011, page 3.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, emerging markets, NAMA

Political leaders must commit the resources and time to conclude the Round

Peter Sutherland 28 April 2011

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The Doha Round of trade talks being conducted under the auspices of the WTO is literally on the verge of collapse. It seems that some world leaders are permitting this to happen either as a result of their indifference or by taking negotiating positions that, by reason of their inflexibility, are bound to lead to failure.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round

With the skin gone, what can the hair adhere to?

Lei Zhang, Qian Wang 28 April 2011

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The Doha Round has been going on for ten years with many ups and downs – including a formal suspension in 2008. But this time it is different. The Round’s steering committee, known as the Trade Negotiating Committee, will meet in Geneva on 29 April 2011 to decide the Round’s fate. Many observers believe that WTO members will allow the Round to lapse. This would be a mistake. Governments should not let the round fail, especially in this post-financial-crisis era.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round

After too many wasted opportunities

Alberto Trejos 28 April 2011

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My reaction, when I was asked to write a few pages about the importance of concluding the Doha Round at this Friday´s meeting of the Trade Negotiating Committee, was to refuse.

I believe that there are many arguments why a good conclusion to this Doha Round is important for the world, and especially for developing countries. But I am not sure that there is anything new that I can put forward to argue the case, after so many have defended the point for so many years. What else is there to say, after so much disappointment and erosion of credibility?

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round

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