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Salvaging the WTO's Future Doha and Beyond

 
Bibek Debroy (Author) Amit Dasgupta (Author)
Synopsis Preparations are on in full swing for the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha. Unfortunately, the way in which clear battle lines are being drawn along North-South lines would suggest that there is a danger of Doha becoming a repeat performance of seattle. Seattle left a bitter after taste and especially the view that the WTO was functioning in an arbitrary and non-transparent manner. Developing countries had returned from seattle feeling isolated and marginalized. They had begun to question whether the WTO was ‘a rich man’s club’ and whether it could legitimately represent the interests of all countries. If Doha becomes seattle-revisited, an all indications at present are that there are such dangers, the WTO may not survive the trauma. What then would be the next step that the global community would take ? Would it be business-as-usual ? These are difficult questions, but these are questions that need to be asked if the global community is to move to a system where the distribution of gains is fair. It is by no means obvious that a non-WTO world would benefit developing countries. The question we need to ask is whether the director general of the WTO would like to be remembered as the one who presided over the demise of the WTO or as the one who had the courage to give the Organization and the global trading regime a fresh and invigorated lease of life. The papers in this volume provide a comprehensive review of issues the WTO confronts today.
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About the authors

Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy is Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), Rajive Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi. He is a professional economist and was educated in Presidency College (Calcutta), Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College (Chambridge). He has worked at Presidency College (Calcutta), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Pune), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Delhi), National Council of Applied Economic Research (Delhi) and as consultant, Department of Economic affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He was also the Director for a project known as LARGE, set up by the Ministry of Finance and UNDP to Consulting Editor with Financial Express. Bibek Debroy's special interests are international trade in particular the WTOI, law reform and the political economy of liberalization in India. He has been listed in many bibliographies and has been a member of several government committees.

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Amit Dasgupta

Amit Dasgupta is an Indian diplomat, who has served in various capacities in Cairo, Brussels, Kathmandu, Berlin, Sydney and New Delhi. He is presently posted in Manila. He has authored and edited a number of books, including Indian by Choice, India for a Billion Reasons and The Strategic Shape of the World.

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Title Salvaging the WTO's Future Doha and Beyond
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 812200623x
length 482p.