Global Agenda Council on Global Trade and FDI 2012-2013
The trading system needs effective and complementary governance at several levels. The regional, bilateral and unilateral components of the system are flourishing but progress in achieving multilateral agreements is waning. Since the World Trade Organization’s creation in 1995, scant new multilateral liberalization – or new bindings – has been achieved in such areas as services, agriculture in industrial countries, and manufacturers tariffs in developing countries.
A remedy for this dilemma would be the Doha Round’s successful conclusion. However, the time taken to complete Doha and the draft’s reduced level of ambition call for novel approaches. Over the medium run action is required to improve the system by strengthening its multilateral component; increasing disciplines on plurilateral and regional agreements; assisting countries with liberalization and trade facilitation; and fostering the relationship between the WTO and other institutions.
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