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From Doha to Cancun

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This paper brings together articles relating to key issues of trade liberalisation under negotiation in the Doha Development Round. The focus is on the likely direction and outcome of negotiations on each issue and how the proposed outcomes could affect developing countries. Published as part of the Secretariat’s efforts to prepare developing countries for multilateral trade negotiations, this title aims to bring fresh perspectives to the negotiations in Geneva.

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Trade, Debt and Finance: A Complex Agenda for the WTO

At the close of the last millennium, the international community succeeded in achieving two goals: firstly, in 1995, a long desired ambition of having a rules-based international trade body called the World Trade Organisation was set up; secondly, in 1996, a new debt relief initiative for the heavily-indebted poor countries (the HIPC Initiative) was launched by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The progress on these two fronts is crucial in the fight against poverty.

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