From Doha to Cancun

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This paper brings together articles relating to key issues of trade liberalisation under negotiation in the Doha Development Round. The focus is on the likely direction and outcome of negotiations on each issue and how the proposed outcomes could affect developing countries. Published as part of the Secretariat’s efforts to prepare developing countries for multilateral trade negotiations, this title aims to bring fresh perspectives to the negotiations in Geneva.



A Multilateral Competition Agreement and the Developing Countries

The argument for introducing competition policy as a ‘new’ WTO issue – and for setting up a WTO working group to examine it – is that improved market access achieved by lower trade barriers is put at risk by anti–competitive practices. Of course competition policy has a wider remit than simply contributing to market access for exporters. It focuses on protection for consumers against the abuse of market power by dominant firms, cartels or other collusive practices.


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