Selected topics under negotiation are discussed below in five groups: market access , development issues, WTO rules, trade facilitation and other issues. Before the Doha ministerial, negotiations had already been under way on trade in agriculture and trade in services.
These ongoing negotiations had been required under the last round of multilateral trade negotiations the Uruguay Round , — However, some countries, including the United States, wanted to expand the agriculture and services talks to allow trade-offs and thus achieve greater trade liberalization.
The first WTO ministerial conference , which was held in Singapore in , established permanent working groups on four issues: transparency in government procurement , trade facilitation customs issues , trade and investment , and trade and competition. These became known as the Singapore issues. These issues were pushed at successive ministerials by the European Union, Japan and Korea, and opposed by most developing countries. The negotiations were intended to start at the ministerial conference of in Seattle , and be called the Millennium Round but, due to several different events including protest activity outside the conference the so-called "Battle of Seattle" , the negotiations were never started.
Just months before the Doha ministerial, the United States had been attacked by terrorists on September 11th, Some government officials called for greater political cohesion and saw the trade negotiations as a means toward that end. Some officials thought that a new round of multilateral trade negotiations could help a world economy weakened by recession and terrorism-related uncertainty. According to the WTO, the year showed " The Doha round officially began in November , committing all countries to negotiations opening agricultural and manufacturing markets, as well as trade-in-services GATS negotiations and expanded intellectual property regulation TRIPS.
The intent of the round, according to its proponents, was to make trade rules fairer for developing countries. The ministerial declaration established an official deadline for concluding negotiations for the Doha round at 1 January Low key talks continued since the ministerial meeting in Doha but progress was almost non-existent. First, differences over the Singapore issues seemed incapable of resolution. The EU had retreated on few of its demands, but several developing countries refused any consideration of these issues at all. In the view of some observers, a few countries showed no flexibility in their positions and only repeated their demands rather than talk about trade-offs.
Third, the wide difference between developing and developed countries across virtually all topics was a major obstacle. The US—EU agricultural proposal and that of the G20 developing nations , for example, show strikingly different approaches to special and differential treatment. Fourth, there was some criticism of procedure. Some claimed the agenda was too complicated. The collapse seemed like a victory for the developing countries.
The developing countries were seen as finally having the confidence to reject a deal that they viewed as unfavorable. This is reflected by the new trade bloc of developing and industrialized nations: the G While the G20 presumes to negotiate on behalf of all of the developing world, many of the poorest nations continue to have little influence over the emerging WTO proposals. In dispute resolution mechanism of the WTO regime, the collapse of the Doha Round talks at Cancun in September has been attributed to Subsidies in agriculture and agricultural domestic support policies of developed nations.
Negotiations were suspended for the remainder of Starting in early , US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick pushed for the resumption of negotiations by offering a proposal that would focus on market access, including an elimination of agricultural export subsidies. Compromise was also achieved over the negotiation of the Singapore issues as the EU and others decided.
With these issues pushed aside, the negotiators in Geneva were able to concentrate on moving forward with the Doha Round. After intense negotiations in late July , WTO members reached what has become known as the Framework Agreement sometimes called the July Package , which provides broad guidelines for completing the Doha round negotiations. The agreement contains a 4-page declaration, with four annexes A—D covering agriculture, non-agricultural market access, services, and trade facilitation, respectively.
In addition, the agreement acknowledges the activities of other negotiating groups such as those on rules, dispute settlement, and intellectual property and exhorts them to fulfill their Doha round negotiating objectives. The agreement also abandoned the 1 January deadline for the negotiations and set December as the date for the 6th ministerial to be held in Hong Kong. Trade negotiators wanted to make tangible progress before the December WTO meeting in Hong Kong, and held a session of negotiations in Paris in May Paris talks were hanging over a few issues: France protested moves to cut subsidies to farmers, while the US, Australia, the EU, Brazil and India failed to agree on issues relating to chicken, beef and rice.
Trade ministers representing most of the world's governments reached a deal that sets a deadline for eliminating subsidies of agricultural exports by The final declaration from the talks, which resolved several issues that have stood in the way of a global trade agreement, also requires industrialized countries to open their markets to goods from the world's poorest nations, a goal of the United Nations for many years.
The declaration gave fresh impetus for negotiators to try to finish a comprehensive set of global free trade rules by the end of Director-general Pascal Lamy said, "I now believe it is possible, which I did not a month ago. The conference pushed back the expected completion of the round until the end of The round had been planned for conclusion in December —after two more ministerial conferences had produced a final draft declaration.
Trade Promotion Authority prevents Congress from amending the draft. It expired on 30 June ,  and congressional leaders decided not to renew this authority for President George W Bush. The July talks in Geneva failed to reach an agreement about reducing farming subsidies and lowering import taxes, and negotiations took months to resume. A successful outcome of the Doha round became increasingly unlikely, because the broad trade authority granted under the Trade Act of to President George W. Bush was due to expire in Any trade pact would then have to be approved by the Congress with the possibility of amendments, which would hinder the US negotiators and decrease the willingness of other countries to participate.
Director-general of Trade and Industry, Raymond Young, says the territory, which hosted the last round of Doha negotiations, has a "moral high-ground" on free trade that allows it to play the role of "honest broker".
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