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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.

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Introduction

In the aftermath of the failure of Cancun, there is a need to reassess the direction of global trade negotiations. In Doha, the nations of the world agreed to a new round of trade negotiations, which would redress some of the imbalances of the past, imbalances which it was widely felt had disadvantaged the developing countries to the advantage of the advanced industrial countries. There was, in fact, some basis for the complaints of the developing countries, both in terms of the manner in which trade negotiations had been conducted in the past and in terms of the outcomes.

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