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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, Salvaging Doha, WTO

Does the WTO matter?

Pushan Dutt, Ilian Mihov, Timothy Van Zandt, 1 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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, WTO

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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, global governance, WTO

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).

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, global governance, WTO

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’.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Doha Round, international trade, WTO

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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, emerging markets, NAMA, WTO

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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, WTO

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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, WTO

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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, WTO

Completing the Doha Round and developing countries

Sübidey Togan, 28 April 2011

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The aim of economic activity is to generate wealth through high but sustainable growth in real income per-capita. Views on market-oriented policies to achieve this aim have converged recently into a set of policy principles known as the “Washington Consensus” and later revised as the “Post-Washington Consensus.”

Topics: International trade
Tags: developing countries, Doha Round, institutions, WTO

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