July 30, 2008

Expert Comment – WTO Failure

Professor Richard Higgott is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Warwick Commission into the WTO. He said:

“The failure of the Doha Development Round of Multilateral trade Negotiations reveals the deep-seated problems with the nature of modern multilateral negotiations under conditions of globalisation in general and at the WTO in particular. The implications for other international issues, such as climate change are profound and deeply concerning.

“Solutions need to be found in the reform of traditional patterns of multilateral negotiations without which deadlocks are likely to continue

“The year-long Warwick Commission produced an eight-point plan aimed at making the WTO and multilateral agreements fairer and more successful.

Serious consideration should be given to ‘critical mass’ decision-making. This ‘variable geometry’ solution would only bring together those countries with clear direct interests in the particular trade issue to be discussed without disavdantaging non participants “

Contact Professor Higgott on 02476 524633, or via the Press Officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740.

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