The WTO and the tribulations of the Doha Round

Abstract

Despite the official name given to the Doha Round negotiations, designated as the Development Round, development matters are neither at the core of the Ministerial statement, nor at the core of the Geneva negotiations. The tribulations of this negotiation cycle proceed mainly from developing countries’ will to make the negotiations’ schedule comply with negotiations under the Doha Round, in order to make it an authentic development cycle, contrary to the forecasts of developed countries which rather focus on reinforcing its neo-liberal gist. The result is that the Doha Round is a place where the various actors’ strategies are confronted more than a place for transactions.

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