The WTO, the Post – Doha agenda and the Future of the Trade System : A development perspective Martin Khor

The rules and operations of the WTO have been major effects on the development policies of its developing country Members. The procedures and methods used before and at Doha also have not been transparent. Given the problems and imbalances in world trade, there is a need to rethink the dominant model of trade policy that has advocated across-the-board rapid liberalisation for developing countries. post_doha_agenda (Download the full text in PDF format) (This paper, as well as many other useful analytical papers on WTO issues are available at the TWN website www.twnside.org.sg)

The New Work Programme of the WTO Bhagirath Lal Das

The paper begins with some general observations on the process and effects of Doha, including the worsening of imbalances and the negotiating pattern. It then examines the issues covered by the new work programme, including implementation, agriculture, services, TRIPS, environment, the Singapore issues (investment, competition, transparency in government procurement), electronic commerce, trade, debt and finance; and trade and technology transfer. For each topic, the paper decribes the strong points, the weak or adverse points, and then provides suggestions for action. work_prg_wto (Download the full text in PDF format)

People’s Budget Comments on Draft 2002 Division of Revenue Bill and Explanatory Memorandum COSATU Submission

These are the comments of the People's Budget - comprising the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and the South African Council of Churches (SACC) - on the Draft 2002 Division of Revenue Bill and Explanatory Memorandum. This response should be read in the context of our submission on the 2001 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), presented to the Joint Budget Committee on 8 November 2001, which deals in more detail with the functional allocation of expenditure. To read the full document click here (Source: www.cosatu.org.za)