1st Edition

Developing Countries and the Doha Development Agenda of the WTO

Edited By Pitou van Dijck, Gerrit Faber Copyright 2006
    182 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Doha Development Agenda held the promise of substantial gains for developing countries. However, the realization of these gains is far from obvious: the interests of various groups of countries differ greatly and technical complexities have hampered further progress since the very start of the negotiations.

    Against the background of the agenda of the present trade negotiations of the World Trade Organization and its slow progress, this enlightening book outlines the positions of the main players. Its central focus is to analyze the main effects of these positions and to find a way to complete the Doha Round so a meaningful contribution to its main objective i.e. development, is made. Key issues discussed include:

    • the rise of the G20 group of developing countries led by Brazil, China and India
    • the reasons for the failure of the WTO Ministerial Conference at CancĂșn in 2003
    • the prospects for the poorer developing countries - with emphasis on Africa in particular.

    This timely and topical book enables the reader to monitor and evaluate the ongoing negotiations in the DDA, and is a natural follow-up to the bestselling 2001 Routledge title World Trade Organization Millennium Round edited by Deutsch and Speyer.

    1. Introduction, 2. Integrating Agriculture in the WTO, 3. Packages to Complete the Doha Round, 4. Reflections on Modelling Trade Packages, 5. Winners and Losers in the Next Round of Trade Liberalization, 6. The New Role of Brazil and the G20 in Trade Negotiations, 7. The Position of African Countries in the Doha Round, 8. Special and Differential Treatment for Least Developed Countries, 9. Prospects for the Doha Round


    Gerrit Faber is Associate Professor in international economics at the Utrecht School of Economics.

    Pitou van Dijck is Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam's Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA)