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Right Back Where We Started From (or Are We?) 1

Right Back Where We Started From (or Are We?)... 1 CHRONICLE OF A DEATH ANNOUNCED On May 31, the Director General (DG) of the WTO Pascal Lamy announced before the TNC (Trade Negotiating Committee) of the WTO what we all expected: the Doha Round as we knew it is dead. It remains to be seen if something can still be saved in the short run: short run has a definite deadline, that is, December 2011. Lamy repeated that no one wants to drop the Doha mandate (nor the single undertaking-approach). This statement nevertheless, looks more and more like an empty shell: the Doha mandate continues to live on as an objective, but not as tangible reality. Lamy divided the issues on the table in three lists. The 'trichotomy' operated was function of the timing of the delivery on a particular issue: there is thus hope that something could still transcend the veil of intangibility and become part and parcel of the future multilateral arsenal as of December 2011 (the 'fast lane'). This will be the subject matter of the LDC (least developed countries) list in Lamy's announcement, which has a (more or less) definite content and comprises Duty-Free Quota-Free (DFQF) market access for goods originating in LDCS http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World Investment and Trade Brill

Right Back Where We Started From (or Are We?) 1

Journal of World Investment and Trade , Volume 12 (4): 8 – Jan 1, 2011

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1660-7112
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2211-9000
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10.1163/221190011X00238
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1 CHRONICLE OF A DEATH ANNOUNCED On May 31, the Director General (DG) of the WTO Pascal Lamy announced before the TNC (Trade Negotiating Committee) of the WTO what we all expected: the Doha Round as we knew it is dead. It remains to be seen if something can still be saved in the short run: short run has a definite deadline, that is, December 2011. Lamy repeated that no one wants to drop the Doha mandate (nor the single undertaking-approach). This statement nevertheless, looks more and more like an empty shell: the Doha mandate continues to live on as an objective, but not as tangible reality. Lamy divided the issues on the table in three lists. The 'trichotomy' operated was function of the timing of the delivery on a particular issue: there is thus hope that something could still transcend the veil of intangibility and become part and parcel of the future multilateral arsenal as of December 2011 (the 'fast lane'). This will be the subject matter of the LDC (least developed countries) list in Lamy's announcement, which has a (more or less) definite content and comprises Duty-Free Quota-Free (DFQF) market access for goods originating in LDCS

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Journal of World Investment and TradeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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