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Trade: WTO DOHA round: an opportunity or mirage for Fiji

Prasad, Biman C. (2006) Trade: WTO DOHA round: an opportunity or mirage for Fiji. School of Economics, the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

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The DOHA Development Agenda (DDA) has been criticized by many international non-governmental organizations and developing country governments for maintaining the rhetoric yet not fulfilling the objectives of development (See for example Oxfam International, 2005). In fact the failure of the Cancun WTO Ministerial Meeting and lack of progress at the Hong Kong Ministerial meeting are largely attributed to the failure of the developed countries to meet their obligations set out in the DDA. In general terms there are four key issues that form the core of discussions within the DDA, constituting the development dimension. These are fair trade, capacity building, balanced rules and good governance (Ismail, 2005) Ismail (2006) argues that fair trade will remove obstacles that presently impede developing countries' exportation of their products to developed countries and will help them enhance their income. In terms of capacity building for increasing exports developing countries need help in developing the appropriate infrastructure and institutions that would help them to develop their comparative advantage in key export areas and in particular, enhance their resourced-based exports.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Working Paper 2006/21.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2006 23:37
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 05:07

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