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Negotiating at the World Trade Organization

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This resource book highlights strategies for community management and financing. It is written in a style which is easy to follow, and it contains many examples and illustrations. As well as commenting on successful practices, it discusses problems to be avoided.

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The Role of Industrial Policy in Attaining the Development Objectives of the Doha Round

The previous chapters described the assistance provided to delegations for participation in the negotiations for liberalisation of trade in agriculture products, commodity issues, non-agricultural (industrial) products and trade in services. When the negotiations reached an advanced stage some of the members of the Group requested the Adviser to provide them with an assessment of the benefits that would accrue to their trade as a result of the liberalisation measures taken in the Round. They also wanted advice on steps that may have to be taken to ensure the attainment of the development objectives of the Doha Round. In pursuance of this request, the Adviser prepared a paper that examined the extent to which the Doha Round could be called a ‘development round’ (Rege 2007). The paper provided a useful basis for discussions and exchange of views on the strategy that would have to be adopted in the remaining part of the negotiations for achieving the development objectives. At the request of some delegations, the Commonwealth Secretariat circulated it at a meeting it had arranged for senior trade officials from selected countries of the Group of 90 (G90) developing nations to review progress in the Round. This Chapter provides an overview of the issues discussed in the paper.

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