An Agenda for the Development Round of Trade Negotiations in the Aftermath of Cancun

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This Commonwealth report presents the pro-development priorities that it recommends should form the core of the Doha Round agreements and sets out the key steps required for a true development round agenda.

In the aftermath of the failure of Cancun, there is a need to reassess the direction of global trade negotiations. This book argues that the Doha Round agenda was set by the special interests of advanced industrial countries to serve their own needs.

The report takes a step back from the disputes and presents an alternative way forward for the Doha Round of trade negotiations, approaching the issues with a fresh eye.

The authors call for a fundamental reform of the agenda and negotiating process which they see as a requirement if the Doha Round is to deliver on its promise to bring widespread benefits to developing countries.



Doha's Development Record So Far

Despite the expressions of goodwill at Doha, progress on the development round has been slow. Part of the problem is that while the interests of different developing countries differ, the evolving agenda itself was not really designed to reflect their real concerns. Throughout 2002 and 2003 it became apparent that many developing countries felt that the Doha Round was moving in the wrong direction on many key issues.


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