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The International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council  (IPC)

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A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment

The original purpose of Special and Differential Treatment (S&D) was to level the playing field and give developing countries more time to adapt to international competition.  Currently, S&D provides few benefits to developing countries, and serves as a rationale for limited concessions on the part of developed countries.  The IPC believes that there are positive measures that can make S&D more precise, effective and operational as called for in the Doha Declaration.

A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment advocates differentiating developing countries into three categories: Least Developed, Lower Middle Income Developing and Upper Middle Income Developing Countries for international trade.  Each group of countries should undertake commitments in market access, domestic support and export competition according to their capability.

A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment .pdf file

A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment: Summary.pdf file

IPC OpEd: "One-Size-Fits-All Rules for Developing Countries Must be Altered," Say World Agricultural Leaders - September 27, 2004 

Related Press Releases and Other Resources:

IPC Press Release:"One-Size-Fits-All Rules for Developing Countries Must be Altered," Say World Agricultural Leaders - September 27, 2004

 

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