Analytical Note, November 2011

Special and Differential Treatment Negotiations: State of Play and Proposed Language for WTO’s MC8.

There has been some but not a significant amount of progress made on the Special and Differential Treatment negotiations mandated in the Doha Declaration (para 44) for developing countries. This paper provides an overview of:

  1. the agreements that have been reached on S&D provisions after May 2003
  2. the outstanding S&D proposals
  3. the negotiations on the Monitoring Mechanism
  4. the issues of interest to developing countries in the unfinished S&D agenda and recommendations for the way forward, and lastly
  5. possible language at the 8th Ministerial Conference on S&D negotiations


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