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 Cancún 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.
Table of Contents
Preface. Notes on the Contributors. List of Tables and Boxes. List of Figures. List of Abbreviations. 1. The Doha Development Agenda: Ambitions and Achievements 2. Global Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda 3. Modelling Global Trade Reform: Some Reflections 4. Market Access and the Modelling of Global Trade Reform: A Comment 5. Services and the Doha Development Agenda: Southern Perspectives 6. Improving Special and Differential Treatment: Some Proposals 7. The Role of the G-20 8. Minimum Conditions for a Package Deal - An African Perspective 9. Towards a Development Round. Index.
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)