Two opportunities to deliver on the Doha Development pledge

As of June 2006, a final agreement has eluded the parties to the Doha Development Round trade negotiations. There was little finality to the December 2005 Hong Kong Ministerial conference negotiations, even though members agreed to eliminate agricultural export subsidies by 2013 and grant least developed countries (LDCs) free access to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) markets for at least 97 percent of agricultural and manufacturing tariff lines by 2008. Though observers hoped an agreement on negotiation modalities would be reached by the end of April 2006, a new tentative target date has been set for the end of July.

In this brief, we evaluate the effects of a possible Doha agreement based on proposals currently on the table from the United States, the European Union, and the Group of Twenty (G20)….[The brief presents] two development-oriented alternatives…which demonstrate that more can be accomplished in the Doha Round if these two development-oriented and pro-trade measures are used…

Author: 
Bouët, Antoine
Mevel, Simon
Orden, David
Published date: 
2006
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Series number: 
6
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