Keeping the WTO on track: A Doha down payment plus more

Richard Baldwin, Simon J Evenett 28 May 2011

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World leaders are in a bind over the Doha Round. Carrying on with business as usual is no longer an option – the impasse that has emerged cannot be solved with a few more negotiating sessions. Abandoning the Round has been ruled out by almost all WTO members, nor is there much appetite for suspending the Round. This quandary has trade ministers and diplomats casting around for creative solutions.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Next Steps

Next Steps: Getting past the Doha Round crisis

Ujal Singh Bhatia 28 May 2011

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For reasons that are too well known to be repeated, the WTO finds itself at the crossroads. Decisions to be taken in the next few weeks will determine whether it can steer its way to a successful conclusion of the Doha Round in the near future. Failing this, the Round will continue to hang like an albatross around the WTO’s neck preventing it from delivering the promised boost to least developed nations and freezing its ability to address new challenges to the global trading system. All countries would suffer from such an outcome, but especially the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Next Steps

Is early harvest still possible?

Zhenyu Sun 28 May 2011

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I am greatly interested in the discussions among experts and professors recently on the future of the Doha Round. While I can feel their strong sense of frustration about the deadlock, I don’t see any real possible solutions for the problems at hand. I don’t have one either. The lack of a solution is probably due more to political problems than to technical problems.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Next Steps Doha

The good ship Doha: Salvage or repair?

Stuart Harbinson 28 May 2011

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The good ship Doha is well and truly stuck on the rocks. Let’s make no mistake – the rocks are substantial and there is no magic solution that will instantaneously get us off them. The choice now facing us is to salvage what we can and abandon ship, or to patch up the holes, wait for a high tide, and sail on.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Next Steps Doha

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

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