The WTO, Developing Countries and the Doha Development Agenda

Prospects and Challenges for Trade-led Growth

These are turbulent times for the international trading community, the WTO in particular. Although Cancun failed,

  • Can the WTO still reassert its development-credibility by ensuring that Doha truly becomes the Development Round?
  • What should the negotiating strategy of the developing countries be?
  • Will the political constituencies in the OECD allow reform of their domestic policies that benefit the developing countries?
  • How big are the regional disparities in the effects of agricultural trade reform in the developing countries?
  • Are the Preferential Trading Agreements doing enough for the least developed countries?
  • How much more can the US, the EU and Japan do to increase developing countries' exports?

These and other vital questions are addressed in this volume which has been prepared within the UNU-WIDER project on The Impact of the WTO Regime on Developing Countries. 

Table of contents
  1. Part I: Overview
    1. The WTO, Trade and Development: An Introduction
    Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis
  2. Part I: Overview
    2. Developing Countries and the WTO Doha Round: Market Access, Rules and Differential Treatment
    Bernard Hoekman
    More Working Paper | Developing Countries and the Political Economy of the Trading System
  3. Part II: Agriculture
    3. Trade Liberalization, Agriculture, and Poverty in Low-income Countries
    Kym Anderson
    More Working Paper | Trade Liberalization, Agriculture, and Poverty in Low-income Countries
  4. Part II: Agriculture
    4. OECD Domestic Support and Developing Countries
    Betina Dimaranan, Thomas W. Hertel and Roman Keeney
    More Working Paper | OECD Domestic Support and Developing Countries
  5. Part II: Agriculture
    5. Impact of Trade Liberalization on Returns from Land: A Regional Study of Indian Agriculture
    Nilabja Ghosh
    More Working Paper | Impact of Trade Liberalization on Returns from Land
  6. Part II: Agriculture
    6. The Value of Agricultural Tariff Rate Quotas to Developing Countries
    Cathie Laroche Dupraz and Alan Matthews
  7. Part III: Manufacturing
    7. Industrial Tariffs, LDCs and the Doha Development Agenda
    Marc Bacchetta and Bijit Bora
  8. Part III: Manufacturing
    8. Developed Country Trade Barriers and the Least Developed Countries: The Economic Results of Freeing Trade
    Jon D. Haveman and Howard J. Shatz
    More Working Paper | Developed Country Trade Barriers and the Least Developed Countries
  9. Part III: Manufacturing
    9. The EU's Everything But Arms Initiative and the Least-developed Countries
    Lucian Cernat, Sam Laird, Luca Monge-Roffarello and Alessandro Turrini
    More Working Paper | The EU's Everything But Arms Initiative and the Least-developed Countries
  10. Part III: Manufacturing
    10. Export Subsidies: Theory, Evidence, and the WTO Agreement on Subsidies
    Rajeev Ahuja
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'It seems that with each new book it issues, UNU-WIDER further establishes its reputation as the intellectual leader among international organisations.' - John Weeks, Professor of Development Economics, SOAS, University of London

'This volume shows that a lack of good arguments for ambitious trade liberalization is not the problem at the Doha Round talks. A vast array of crucial issues for both the agriculture and the industrial products negotiations are soundly addressed in this useful book.' - Ernesto Zedillo, Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and former President of Mexico

'The prospects for rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries are critically dependent upon the climate for external trade. This volume presents an invaluable and systematic analysis of such prospects covering a wide canvas of issues including market access, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, export subsidies, OECD domestic support and the like. As such, it will be of considerable value to the large audience interested in this topic.' - Raghbendra Jha, Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor and Executive Director, Australia South Asia Research Centre, RSPAS, Australian National University

'As the contributors in this volume demonstrate, advancing the agenda for development within the Doha negotiations is in the commercial and development interests of developing and developed countries alike. The articles address a number of critical issues related to efforts to reform and liberalize agricultural trade and increase market access for industrial products of export interest to developing countries, while at the same time, taking fully into account flexibilities and measures for developing countries and LDCs. Trade negotiators, development economists and national policy-makers will benefit from the comprehensive treatment of the WTO issues provided herein.' - Lakshmi Puri, Director, Division for International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva