Analytical Note, April 2003

The Balance of Negotiations and Discussions in the Doha Work Programme: Overview Matrix of Negotiating and Non-Negotiating Areas.

The Doha Ministerial Conference of the WTO, held in November 2001, launched an ambitious work programme. The discussions/ negotiations initiated under this work programme include a number of issues in addition to the WTO built-in agenda and purely trade-related issues.

Developing countries have been participating in Doha work programme of the WTO, despite a clear mismatch between the depth and breadth of the agenda on the one hand and, their very limited resources, on the other. But still the progress so far has been unsatisfactory. Almost all the deadlines have been missed. Contrary to the Doha mandate, issues of particular interest to developing countries have not been addressed.

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