Commonwealth Trade Competitiveness Briefing Paper

The Commonwealth Trade Competitiveness Briefing Paper series provides evaluative and strategic research on new and emerging trade issues of relevance to the Commonwealth member countries. The series focuses on the practicalities of addressing these new issues as well as long existing (but still very current) policy challenges in a time-bound, targeted and effective manner; taking into account both opportunities and challenges that emerge due to changes in global trade landscape.


Emerging ‘New Issues’ in Multilateral Trade Agreements

Very slow progress has been made in multilateral trade negotiations since the initiation of the Doha Development Round in November 2001. Responding to this, the 10th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization in Nairobi has the potential of becoming a watershed moment by opening up the possibility of ‘new issues’ entering the multilateral negotiations. This policy brief discusses some of the likely ‘new issues’ which may be tabled for entering the negotiations, and assesses their likely legal and economic implications for developing and least developed countries (LDCs) and small states.


Keywords: multilateral trade agreements, World Trade Organization (WTO), 10th WTO Ministerial
JEL: F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; F15: International Economics / Trade / Economic Integration
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