World Trade Organization Negotiations: The Doha Development Agenda [Updated May 15, 2006]   [open pdf - 88KB]

"Three issues are among the most important to developing countries, in addition to concessions on agriculture. One issue pertains to compulsory licensing of medicines and patent protection. A second deals with a review of provisions giving special and differential treatment to developing countries. A third addresses problems that developing countries are having in implementing current trade obligations. In other areas, negotiators are meeting to clarify and improve disciplines under the antidumping and subsidies agreements. These talks on trade remedies are being observed closely by some Members of Congress, who did not want the issue on the agenda at all. The 5th Ministerial Conference was held September 10-14, 2003 in Cancun, Mexico, but broke up without agreement. On July 31, 2004, WTO [World Trade Organization] members approved a Framework Agreement to guide remaining negotiations. The July 31 framework included important terms on agriculture and began new negotiations on trade facilitation. The 6th Ministerial was held in Hong Kong from December 13-18, 2005. Although an original goal of the Ministerial was to agree on a package of modalities for the ongoing Doha Development Agenda (DDA) round of trade negotiations, this aim was dropped and members agreed to some modest advancements in agriculture, industrial tariffs, and duty and quota-free access for least developed countries."

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