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Doha Round

Overview of the Doha Round

A new round of WTO trade negotiations was launched in Doha
in November 2001. The Doha Ministerial Declaration mandates negotiations on a
wide range of issues including agriculture, services,
industrial products, intellectual property, anti-dumping and
other WTO rules issues, dispute settlement, and some trade and
environment issues. These negotiations are to provide a
basis for further trade liberalisation and will address the
elimination of agricultural export subsidies for the first
time. The December 2005 Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong made some progress on
substantive issues.

Further progress was made at the July 2008 Ministerial
Meeting in Geneva
. At this Meeting, about 40 Ministers met with the aim of reaching agreement on agriculture
and industrial products (non-agricultural market access or
NAMA) and signalling improvements in services offers.
This was the largest WTO Ministerial Meeting since the Hong
Kong Ministerial Conference. Revised negotiating texts on
agricultural and industrial products were released in the
lead-up to the Meeting and a Services Signalling Conference was
held during the Meeting. Although the Ministerial talks
broke down, significant progress was made on agriculture and
industrial products, and on signals to improve services
offers. WTO Members are working to build on the real
progress made at the Meeting. More information on the Meeting
is available on the WTO website.

The role of developing countries in the negotiations remains
important, as they comprise three quarters of the WTO
Membership, and the negotiations are also called the Doha
Development Agenda.

Last Updated: 8 January 2013
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