ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Contravening the Doha Mandate

Brazil and India appear to be party to a game that would result in an unbalanced deal at the WTO.

As fresh efforts are mounted to convene a ministerial meeting at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) next month that would strike a deal on the long running Doha round, developing countries will have to make some hard choices if they are not to be cast aside once again. The test will come in the crucial areas of agriculture and industry, in which the WTO secretariat, the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) are trying to strike a deal even as they leave out other important items on the Doha agenda like reform of the anti-dumping duty regime.

Driven by the legacy claims to conclude an agreement at this juncture, Pascal Lamy, the WTO director general, Peter Mandelson, the EU’s trade commissioner, and George W Bush, the discredited US president, are leaving no stone unturned to force countries to ignore all the cardinal principles of the original Doha mandate.

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