An Agenda for the Development Round of Trade Negotiations in the Aftermath of Cancun

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This Commonwealth report presents the pro-development priorities that it recommends should form the core of the Doha Round agreements and sets out the key steps required for a true development round agenda.

In the aftermath of the failure of Cancun, there is a need to reassess the direction of global trade negotiations. This book argues that the Doha Round agenda was set by the special interests of advanced industrial countries to serve their own needs.

The report takes a step back from the disputes and presents an alternative way forward for the Doha Round of trade negotiations, approaching the issues with a fresh eye.

The authors call for a fundamental reform of the agenda and negotiating process which they see as a requirement if the Doha Round is to deliver on its promise to bring widespread benefits to developing countries.



Executive Summary

The development focus of the Doha Round emerged from a renewed spirit of collective responsibility for the challenges faced by poor countries, and also as a response to the perceived inequities generated by previous rounds of trade negotiations. Unfortunately, in the years since it was launched, the Doha Round has not delivered on its development mandate in several important respects. First, there has been little progress on the issues of interest to developing countries (especially agriculture, labour mobility and labour-intensive manufactures and services).


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