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Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries in the WTO: Moving Forward After Canc�n

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  • Bernard Hoekman
  • Constantine Michalopoulos
  • L. Alan Winter

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The issue of special and differential treatment (SDT) for developing countries in the WTO has become a source of tension in North-South trade relations. The absence of an effective SDT regime clearly contributed to the failure of the Canc�n Ministerial meeting of the WTO. This paper argues for a new approach that puts the emphasis on efforts to improve the development relevance of WTO rules and create mechanisms which allow greater differentiation across WTO members in determining the applicability of WTO disciplines; complemented by non-discriminatory liberalisation of trade in goods and services in which developing countries have an export interest. The former is key in allowing the WTO to expand its reach to new 'behind the border' policies; and the latter is important to establishing a development dimension in multilateral trade negotiations. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal The World Economy.

Volume (Year): 27 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (04)
Pages: 481-506

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Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:27:y:2004:i:4:p:481-506

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Cited by:
  1. Prema-chandra Athukorala, 2004. "Agricultural Trade Reforms in the Doha Round: A Developing Country Perspective," Departmental Working Papers 2004-05, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
  2. World Bank, 2005. "Global Economic Prospects 2005 : Trade, Regionalism and Development," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14783, October.
  3. Céline Carrere & Olivier Cadot & Jaime Melo De & Alberto Portugal-Perez, 2011. "How Much Market Access in FTAs? Textiles Under NAFTA," Working Papers halshs-00564710, HAL.

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