What’s Needed for the Doha Round to Move Ahead

By July 22, 2010General, Trade

Trying to regain the momentum for the Doha Round of global trade talks, the National Association of Manufacturers and other business groups outlined a set of priorities and strategies in a letter Wednesday to Karel De Gucht, the European Union’s trade commissioner, and U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk.

Reuters covered the story today, “Business groups press emerging economies over Doha“:

BRUSSELS, July 22 (Reuters) – Brazil, China and India must use their growing economic might to help revive deadlocked global trade talks, a coalition of business lobby groups said in a letter to U.S. and European Union trade negotiators.

The letter …is the latest sign that interest is growing in completing the Doha round of talks, which was launched in 2001 to help poor countries prosper through trade but has been stalled since 2008.

The business groups, from Europe or the United States, said the Doha round would progress only if Europe and the United States convince the big emerging economies to reduce tariffs on important industrial sectors and services.

Right. As the letter (available here) stated:

The success of the Doha Round depends on the willingness of the large emerging countries —especially Brazil, China and India—to assume the responsibility commensurate with the economic benefits they have been realizing as a result of global trade and investment liberalization. The large emerging countries now have the fastest growing economies in the G-20, and will clearly be major beneficiaries of the Doha Round. With their new economic power, they are now clearly distinguished from the least developed members of the WTO and, as a result, have a new and greater responsibility to share in leading the Doha Round forward in the NAMA, agriculture and services negotiations. Indeed, most of the significant additional market access available for the least developed countries lies in the reduction of market access barriers to the rapidly emerging economies—which could substantially boost south-south trade.

The NAM was joined by Business Europe, the Business Roundtable, Coalition of Service Industries, European Services Forum and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chris Wenk of the Chamber writes about the letter at the Chamber Post, “Deliverable from Chamber Doha Mission.”

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