Jean-Michel Severino
Jean-Michel Severino

The failure to reach an agreement in Geneva has severely weakened the Doha round. What could be the consequences of a collapse of the Doha negotiation from the perspective of developing nations?

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A collapse of the Doha round would have huge consequences, because it would mean that in such an important issue, developed countries and developing countries have not been able to strike a compromise to reach a consensus. And obviously this would have immediate consequences in the international trade. This would probably weaken the possibility for poorest countries to increase their exports to developed markets. It would have also very important consequences on the way other international negotiations are being handled, on climate change, on biodiversity, on health issues, on financial matters? A climate of suspicion and mistrust would probably spread and prevent additional progress to be made in the global architecture of governance.

That is why we have absolutely to meet a success and reach the right compromises that would allow this commercial process to move ahead. A process in which poorest countries would have the possibility to protect some of their activities, and grow fast, have access to global market. And at the same time , it would allow international trade, which is so good and so important for the poorest of the poorest, to increase.

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