The Dalian Mini Ministerial and the Road to Hong Kong: Uncertain future for WTO Parthapratim Pal and Shravani Prakash

The forthcoming Hong Kong Ministerial meet of WTO is facing a problem. Slow progress of the Doha round of negotiations has led to a large number of unresolved issues in all key areas of negotiations. A recent informal meet of prominent WTO Members at Dalian, China did not manage to make much progress. This paper takes stock of the current round of negotiations and assesses the prospect of the Hong Kong Ministerial. Dalian_Mini_Ministerial (Download the full text in PDF format)

The WTO Negotiations on Industrial Tariffs: What is at stake for developing countries? Yilmaz Akyuz

This paper focuses on the implications of the negotiations on industrial tariffs for longer term industrialization in developing countries. Apart from detailed overviews, the paper advances a simple alternative formula that can help reconcile policy flexibility with multilateral discipline.  It also provides key points on how the negotiations could accommodate both the immediate needs and longer-term interests of developing countries. industrial_tariffs (Download the full text in PDF format)