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After Hong Kong

Some Key Trade Issues for Developing Countries

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After the Hong Kong meetings in December 2005, what are the key trade and development issues that face developing countries in the closing stages of the Doha Round? Leading economic analysts, including Nobel laureate Joseph E Stiglitz, examine the detailed issues that developing country negotiators must understand. As always, the devil lies in the detail, and it is at the detailed level that the costs and benefits of trade agreements will be determined. Essential reading for policy-makers, government officials, scholars and students interested in the making and conduct of international trade negotiations and policy.

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Addressing Global Cotton Subsidies: Uprooting the Seeds of Poverty

International trade in cotton came to the fore in trade and development debates in 2002, with the Brazilian request for consultations on US cotton subsidies. This was followed by the 2003 WTO proposal by Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali for a ‘Sectoral Initiative on Cotton’. The trade exemplifies the way in which the playing field is tilted against developing countries in agriculture.

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