By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct06/04)
The World Trade Organisation's Doha negotiations should resume as soon as possible, and on the basis of the development mandate and principle so that the developing countries will really benefit, according to many developing countries individually or through their groupings.
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct06/07)
Although there is a lot of talk about the need for completion of the World Trade Organisation's Doha Round, the content of the Round's outcome is just as important and there should be emphasis on this content instead as talk of a Development Round has been rhetorical so far, according to India's Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath.
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct06/05)
An interesting debate took place at the Trade and Development Board (TDB) of UNCTAD on the question of "policy space", on the imbalances of existing multilateral rules in some areas and their absence in others, and the impact of this on developing countries' ability to formulate national development policies.
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct06/06)
Proposals for better United Nations system-wide coherence should start by addressing the need for coordinated economic global policy-making, which is lagging behind the problems caused by increasing interdependence.
The top U.S. trade negotiator vowed to push for a breakthrough in negotiations at the World Trade Organization within the next six months so that lawmakers can be convinced to extend trade negotiating authority.
By Bhagirath Lal Das, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct06/1)
Though the General Council of the WTO did not take a formal decision on the talks, there is a de facto suspension. But the GATT/WTO system has given surprises in the past and it is more than likely that the negotiations may start once again in full steam soon. The developing countries will be well advised not to be complacent with the suspension but to be prepared for an early resumption. The following article gives reasons for this anticipation and also gives some suggestions what the developing countries should do.