Bridges Review

Volume 5 • Number 4 May 2001

  • Doha Agenda Starts to Emerge but Major Differences Remain from BRIDGES Monthly Vol. 5, No. 4 May 2001
    Much was made in the press of the recent call of OECD trade ministers to launch a new round of multilateral negotiations at the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha next November. However, the vague wording of their final communiqué papered over the considerable differences that separate even the world’s richest 34 countries regarding the…
  • Least-Developed Countries: No New Trade Concessions Before Doha
    The third United Nations Conference on Least-developed Countries (LDCs) closed in Brussels on 20 May with no significant new concessions from industrialised countries in key areas. The political declaration and the 60-page programme of action adopted by 193 government representatives emphasise that the ‘primary responsibility for development in LDCs rests with LDCs themselves’. Financial…