The Doha Development Round or Doha Development Agenda (DDA) is the current trade-negotiation round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which commenced in November 2001. Its objective is to lower trade barriers around the world, which will help facilitate the increase of global trade.
The Doha Round began with a ministerial-level meeting in Doha, Qatar in 2001. Subsequent ministerial meetings took place in Cancún, Mexico (2003), and Hong Kong (2005). Related negotiations took place in Geneva, Switzerland (2004, 2006, 2008); Paris, France (2005); and Potsdam, Germany (2007).
The most recent round of negotiations, 23–29 July 2008, broke down after failing to reach a compromise on agricultural import rules. After the …show more content…
Discussions at the Board are expected to address issues pertaining to the resumption of the negotiations and strengthening of the multilateral trading system, along with some of the core negotiating issues of importance to developing countries, including:
• How to ensure that trade liberalization does not adversely affect the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable
• Enhanced and predictable market access in agricultural and non-agricultural products, as well as services, of export interest to developing countries
• Removal of trade distorting subsidies
• Trade-distorting non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and market entry barriers
• Preference erosion and enhancing the use of trade preferences by improving preferential schemes
• Aid for trade and other possible financial and technical support to build supply capacity and trade-related infrastructure, and deal with adjustment costs
Failure of Doha Round
Trade negotiators in Geneva have finally admitted the obvious and given up on their efforts to negotiate a new WTO trade agreement. As a result, the Doha Round of trade negotiations has been allowed to collapse
Neither the collapse of the Round, nor the recriminations to