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Doha and poverty: preliminary assessment

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Sheila Page

The primary purpose of trade negotiations in the past was to reduce barriers to all trade, expected to benefi t all countries,
while providing a predictable and enforceable system of rules. To the extent that developing countries might have special
needs for development, ‘special and differential treatment’ was designed to increase the benefi ts or reduce the costs to them of
the general measures. The implication of a ‘Development Round’ might be different: to direct the negotiations primarily at the
needs of development, with modifi cations for other purposes. It is clear that this has not been the purpose of the Round, and to
that extent it is not a ‘Development Round’ .

Sheila Page