The focus of this issue of the South Bulletin is on the Doha Round of trade negotiations.
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The Doha Deal: More Harm than Good to Developing Countries?
As WTO negotiators miss yet another deadline for concluding the current round of world trade talks, a new report “Doha Round and Developing Countries: Will the Doha deal do more harm than good?” paints a picture of little gains and higher costs. A
report by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).
Without Better Offers, No Doha Deal Better - Oxfam
As it stands now, the Doha Round of multilateral trade talks have little to offer to developing countries, says Oxfam. “Aggressive demands by rich countries mean that, far from being able to pursue reforms that will lift people out of poverty, poor
countries are having to engage in damage limitation,” says the Oxfam report.
Peoples’ Trade Agreement: An Alternative For a Just Trade
The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales recently made a proposal for an alternative trade model that trancends the narrow commercial interests now pursued by the free trade agreements. The peoples’ Trade Agreement, as it is called, would integrate
societies in ways that respects their necessities and promotes a more just trade.
Deadline Missed But No Deadlock – Lamy
According to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, a missed deadline does not mean deadlock. He now wants that negotiators ‘should be on call on a permanent basis.’ The statement by Mr. Lamy to the Informal Heads of Delegation meeting on 24 April.
Is the DDA a Development Round?
“This Round is more than a negotiation, it is also a test. A test of the credibility of the WTO, and its ability to deliver on its promises to developing countries. A test of the global community’s willingness to turning their talk of international cooperation and policy coherence into meaningful results.” Views expressed by Valentine Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza, a Deputy Director General of the WTO, in an address to the London School of Economics.
Lifting the Lid on Foreign Investment Contracts - (II)
Turbo-Charging Investor Sovereignty – (II)
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