This book brings together members of the former WTO Director General's advisory group which was formed to provide him with expert advice before and after the Doha Ministerial Conference. Nine experts explore issues which are pertinent to the ongoing progress in negotiations, and their chapters are brought together with an introduction and conclusion. Key challenges which are explored include the divide between developed and developing countries, and the demand for increased transparency. Other experts write on sustainable development, corruption and labour, and the call for greater flexibility in the unanimity rule of the dispute settement mechanism. Finally, consideration is given to the impact of both China's accession and the enlargment of the EU. All in all, this volume offers an excellent summary of key issues facing the WTO as it moves forward. It should prove essential reading for trade negotiators and scholars concerned with the post-Cancoun agenda.
• Topical given ongoing global trade negotiations agenda at WTO Fifth Ministerial Conference in Cancoun, Mexico in September 2003 • First time publication of these expert opinions originally commissioned by the editor in his capacity as then Director General of the WTO • Should appeal to students and researchers of globalisation: WTO generally
Notes on contributors; Introduction; 1. Trade and sustainable development in the WTO after Doha Konrad Von Moltke; 2. WTO - the institutional contradictions LeRoy Trotman; 3. China's entry into the WTO and its impact on the global economic system Koichi Hamada; 4. Key challenges facing the WTO Robert E Baldwin; 5. Development dimensions in multilateral trade negotiations T. Ademola Oyejide; 6. External transparency: the policy process at the national level of the two level game Sylvia Ostry; 7. Trading for development: how to assist poor countries Jagdish Bhagwati; 8. Controlling corruption: a key to development-orientated trade Peter Eigen; 9. The impact of EC enlargement on WTO A. Messerlin; Index.
'This book ought to be read by everyone with an interest in the international trading system, in the role of the WTO in that system, in the issues on the agenda in the Doha Round, and in the ability of the Round to deliver on that agenda, It is a thought-provoking contribution to the literature.' Donald MacLaren, Journal of World Trade Review