Is the Doha Agenda Moving Away from Development? (April 2006)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Apr 30, 2006

The Doha Ministerial Declaration (2001) launched a round of negotiations that was going to place development at its center. Later on, government leaders meeting at the Monterrey Conference (2002) pledged the Round would address trade as an instrument to finance development. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have joined the voices of those calling for a successful conclusion to the Round. However, at this point, the broad trade-offs that would mean a conclusion to the Round seem far away from what development advocates see as fulfilling the original promises of Doha and Monterrey.

In this panel co-convened by the International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, civil society representatives made an assessment of the export-led growth model underpinning the Round negotiations and the Bank and IMF advocacy and analysis on trade issues, challenges and limitations of the current negotiations to achieve such results. Is there scope for the Doha negotiations to regain a development focus? How positive would the so-touted  deals and tradeoffs being sought be for development?

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