1. Introductory remarks In this paper, I make two comments: first, that an undue burden has been placed on the shoulders of the WTO by naming the Doha round a 'development round'. The WTO simply cannot deliver on such a promise. Second, that the ongoing negotiations, with few notable exceptions, have so far done nothing (or something close to nothing) to honour the elusive title of the multilateral trade negotiations. In other words, we set too high standards to reach and we have not even remotely connected to them so far. Absent a total re-orientation of the agenda (which is highly unlikely), the ongoing Doha round of international negotiations will not address the core issues facing developing countries in the world trading system. It is high time that WTO Members took 'special and differential treatment' seriously, moved it to the forefront of the negotiations, evaluated its impact so far and saw what needs to be done in order to address the concerns of developing countries. By this I do not mean to subscribe to all concerns voiced in this regard: there are legitimate and illegitimate concerns. A formal happy ending to the round can still happen. Whether in
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