Where Are We in the Doha Round

By Mark Halle on September 7, 2005
"...Multilateral trade rounds always take long, and nothing really shifts until it all falls together at the end. The Doha negotiations are no exception," writes Mark Halle, IISD's Director of Trade and Investment in the summer before the Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong. "Yet when things do fall together, the pattern is rarely surprising—its broad outlines were usually detectable from an early stage of the talks. In the case of Doha, too many fundamentals (modalities, in the obscure language of the WTO) are still undecided, and the gulf between the parties on key issues is still very wide."

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