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Empty promises

What happened to 'development' in the WTO's Doha Round?

The Doha Development Round was meant to rebalance decades of unfair rules in agriculture and address the needs of developing countries. Instead, the negotiations have betrayed this promise. The trade Round has become a market access negotiation, in which developing countries are expected to give disproportionately more and will receive little but stale promises of the general benefits of liberalization. The economic crisis presents an imperative, and an opportunity, for real reform.

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