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p. 996. The Doha Development Agendalocked

  • Amrita Narlikar


‘The Doha Development Agenda’ reviews the launch and progress of this attempt to correct inequalities for developing nations in the World Trade Organization. The DDA was borne out of the acrimonious 1999 Seattle Ministerial, where the US pursued the controversial Singapore labour issues. In the 2001 Doha Ministerial compromises were made, but at a high price for developing nations. This inequality caused the 2003 Cancun Ministerial to collapse under the weight of mistrust between feuding coalitions. The resulting impasse benefited no one, and was overcome with the July Package of 2004, which reached suitable compromises on many key issues and set an unspecified deadline for DDA implementation.

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