Understanding the GATT’s wins and the WTO’s woes

Richard Baldwin,

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Sat, 06/05/2010

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Is there any way to break the Doha Round impasse in agriculture negotiations?

Andrew L. Stoler 08 October 2014

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For many countries, agricultural-trade reform is politically sensitive. But that sensitivity did not prevent a groundbreaking multilateral trade agreement in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Why is it that in the current Doha Round of talks no progress has been made since 2008?

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  Doha Round, agriculture negotiations, critical mass, Bali package, agricultural trade reform

Three new leaders face the challenge of food and fuel subsidies: Sisi, Modi, and Jokowi

Jeffrey Frankel 09 September 2014

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In few policy areas does good economics conflict so dramatically with good politics as in the practice of subsidies to food and energy. Economics textbooks explain that these subsidies are lose-lose policies. In the political world, that can sound like an ivory tower abstraction. But the issue of unaffordable subsidies happens to be front and centre politically this summer, in a number of places around the world. Three major new leaders in particular are facing this challenge: Sisi in Egypt, Jokowi in Indonesia, and Modi in India.

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Topics:  Development Energy Politics and economics Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  subsidies, fuel subsidies, food subsidies, Agriculture, energy, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Poverty, environment, trade, WTO, Doha Round, Bali

Awakening the WTO

Hector R. Torres 21 September 2013

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Admitting that 'the present is just a snapshot in a journey' is disconcerting, so we feel better assuming that the current state of affairs will turn out to be permanent. Indulging in this mistake is common, and we also see it happening in multilateral institutions – particularly if they do not have a watchdog to keep them free from self-deception. The WTO does not have such a watchdog, and this may explain its resistance to acknowledging the obvious.

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Topics:  Institutions and economics International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, developing countries, international trade

Looking back, moving forward

Pascal Lamy 29 July 2013

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I came before the General Council in 2005 when I was a DG candidate and again in 2009 to share with you my views about the WTO. Today, I come to you one last time in my capacity as Director-General, as a sign of my strong commitment to being accountable to you, the members of this organisation, whom I have strived to serve since you appointed me eight years ago.

Thank you for affording me this opportunity.

Let me begin by saying that it has been an immense honour and privilege to serve this organisation.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Pascal Lamy

Payoff from the world trade agenda 2013

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Jeffrey J. Schott , Cathleen Cimino 07 July 2013

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In the wake of the Great Recession, world trade and investment have faltered. Responsible officials turned a blind eye to fresh liberalisation, and instead condoned a quiet resurgence of protectionist measures.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Bali Meeting

Keeping the WTO busy while the Doha Round is stuck

Patrick A Messerlin 29 July 2012

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There are two reasons for a long coma of the Doha Round: international and domestic.

The international problem is that the American and Chinese views on what the WTO should be and on how its large members should behave are irreconcilable.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  Doha Round

Why do trade negotiations take so long?

Christoph Moser, Andrew K Rose 08 June 2012

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There is widespread agreement among economists that trade liberalisation is best conducted at the multilateral level. Indeed, facilitating multilateral negotiations is one of the primary objectives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as it was with its predecessor the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). By way of contrast, regional trade agreements (RTAs) may create some trade, but they also have the potential to harmfully divert it.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, regional trade agreements

What next for the WTO: Challenges for the WTO's eighth ministerial conference

John Weekes 23 November 2011

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In thinking about preparations for the WTO's critical eighth Ministerial Conference in Geneva in mid-December, we should think about the nature of the WTO, how it has evolved, and take a careful look at the challenges that lie ahead.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, trade negotiations

Unfinished business? The WTO’s Doha Development Agenda

Aaditya Mattoo, Will Martin 08 November 2011

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The recent G20 communiqué on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) marks a significant departure from past endorsements and exhortations (Bhagwati and Sutherland 2011). The communiqué acknowledges that “…it is clear that we will not complete the DDA if we continue to conduct negotiations as we have in the past…we need to pursue in 2012 fresh, credible approaches to furthering negotiations, including the issues of concern for Least Developed Countries and, where they can bear fruit, the remaining elements of the DDA mandate.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, Doha Round, Doha Development Agenda

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