WTO DOHA ROUND CLOSE TO AGREEMENT – THEN FAILS

BY KEITH NUTHALL THE CONCLUSION of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Doha Development Round will be delayed for months, probably well into 2009, after trade ministers came close to agreement, but then fell at the last hurdle. A meeting of the WTO's trade negotiations committee (TNC) will be held in September to decide a course of action, after an 11 day summit failed to strike a compromise over the permissible size of special temporary safeguard food and drinks tariffs for developing countries facing a surge in imports of a particular product. WTO director ...


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