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Hoping for a miracle in Nairobi: the fate of the Doha round trade negotiations

Published on December 08, 2015

The Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations are about to commemorate their 14th “birthday” without an end in sight. Another critical moment for the WTO is fast approaching, as the next Ministerial Conference (MC10) is about to take place in Nairobi on December 15-18, 2015.

Trade meetings are always complex events. The “battle in Seattle” in 1999 is well remembered as a WTO Ministerial that did not end well. Clashes with civil society organizations amid clouds of teargas were its trademark, rather than progress in trade governance. Nothing as dramatic is expected to happen in the case of MC10. But, as the first WTO Ministerial to take place in a Sub-Saharan African country, expectations about its results for the trade-related development agenda are high. The reality of the ongoing negotiations, however, recommends caution and the danger is that MC10 will disappoint for lack of deliverable. Read more. Source | IMD