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Cotton in the Doha Round – A Lost Opportunity?

Posted by admin on September 22nd, 2008

By Pedro de Camargo Neto
Cross-posted at GMF
Making progress in multilateral trade negotiations involving more than 150 countries is very difficult. Negotiations require exchanges - offering something for what you want. Given the widely discrepant wealth of developed and developing countries, the poorest countries must, in relative terms, offer a great deal more.
Negotiations can [...]

Resuming Doha: Overcoming the SSM Impasse

Posted by admin on September 16th, 2008

By Mike Gifford
Cross-posted at GMF
The gains from a Doha Round would greatly exceed those of the Uruguay Round. It would be a shame if an inability to find a solution to the SSM on the one hand, and further reduce trade distorting support on the other, derails the Doha Round, Such a failure would reflect [...]

Doha Round Worth Fighting For

Posted by admin on September 10th, 2008

By Jan-Maarten Vrij
Cross-posted at GMF
In my view a failed Ministerial is not a failed Round. I am not aware that any of the negotiators have indicated that the Round has failed, and it is important as talks move forward to remain committed to sound agricultural policy, both in international trade and on a domestic level.
Regarding [...]

Doha negotiations analysis: losing sight of the big picture?

Posted by admin on September 5th, 2008

By Carlos Perez del Castillo
Cross-posted at GMF 
Significant progress occurred during the July negotiations in Geneva. However, many differences remained, both within the issues included in the Lamy package and in other areas that were never seriously tackled, such as cotton and geographical indications. As a result, I believe that it is an over- simplification to [...]