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Whither Doha?

Posted by admin on November 17th, 2006

Charlotte Hebebrand, chief executive of IPC, contributes the following post:

Kicking off the IPC blog, I would like to bring your attention to a think piece, titled “Doha Suspension,� summarizing the discussion among IPC members on the present state of affairs in the Doha Round.

From the paper:

“Focusing therefore on the agricultural negotiations, this paper briefly sets forth the areas of agreement that have been reached in the Doha Negotiations as well as the areas where agreement proved elusive. We then analyze the commitments made to date, ask whether these are sufficient for concluding the Round and point the way towards some additional steps that would further improve the outcome of the Round. There is general consensus that agreement reached to date on export competition is quite significant. There are more divergent views on the significance of progress made to date on domestic support. Divergences of opinion are arguably the greatest in the market access arena.�

IPC members– strong proponents of the multilateral trading system–are of course disappointed with the suspension of the Doha Round and hope for a swift resumption and conclusion of the talks as stressed during our meeting in Washington, DC, in fall 2007. There is a debate among the group on the “level of ambition” of the current round of trade talks– with some arguing that WTO rounds are by their very nature evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Others, however, believe strongly that more progress in particular on market access needs to occur.

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