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The future of the WTO after the Nairobi Ministerial Conference

Die Zukunft der WTO nach der Ministerkonferenz in Nairobi

Schmieg, Evita; Rudloff, Bettina

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The WTO's 10th ministerial conference took place shortly before Christmas 2015, the first to be held in Africa. Verdicts on its outcomes range from "the death of the Doha Round" to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo's praise for a "historic" package. A more measured assessment reveals a mixed picture. While a number of important decisions were reached in Nairobi, most of the controversial questions were not even on the agenda. And it is less clear than ever where the talks should go from here. A consistent and ongoing shared interest in the global public good of a strong world trade system should persuade the member-states to find constructive new approaches. (author's abstract)
Keywords WTO; world trade; international agreement; free trade; agriculture; primary sector; trade policy; policy of granting subsidies; tariff policy; developing country
Classification Economic Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords Internationale Handelsordnung; less developed countries
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 12/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications