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How to resolve the deadlock holding back world trade talks

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati
November 15, 2005
Financial Times


With agricultural trade negotiations deadlocked, the Doha round of trade talks may appear dead in the water. But every round of trade talks in recent memory has oscillated between near breakthroughs and near breakdowns. Trade negotiations can be like a ride on a roller coaster but, while the roller coaster returns to where it started, multilateral trade negotiations have generally gone on to close successfully. Will this happen with the Doha round? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Prospects for concluding the round in Hong Kong next month, at the World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting, are indeed bleak; but not the prospects for finishing later.

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