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Background on the Doha Development Round
Objectives of the Doha Development Round
Current developments and analysis of the Doha development Round
The world trade organisation conducts negotiations through what is called rounds. The Doha Development round was commenced at Doha, Qatar in November 2001, and it is still continuing. The objective of the Doha Development round is to lower trade barriers around the world and to permit free trade between countries of varying prosperity. This development round was also named the Doha development agenda. The WTO ministerial conference in Doha adopted this agenda which puts the needs and interests of developing countries at the heart of the WTO's work program. This essay will focus on the background of the Doha development agency, as well as current developments within the agency and also an analysis of the progress and affectivity of this agenda.
The WTO is an international body whose purpose is to promote free trade by persuading countries to abolish import tariffs and other barriers, and as such the WTO has become associated with globalization. The WTO oversees the rules of international trade. It polices free trade agreements, settles trade disputes between governments and it organises trade negotiations. (BBC news background). The highest body of the WTO is the Ministerial Conference. This meets every two years and, among other things, elects the organisation's chief executive - the director-general - and oversees the work of the General Council (BBC news background). The Ministerial Conference is also the setting for negotiating global trade deals, known as "trade rounds" which are aimed at reducing barriers to free trade.
The World Trade Organisation held its fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, from 9 to 13 November 2001. As with the other ministerial conferences the purpose was to negotiate a new round of...