ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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TRIPS: Long Way to Go

Long Way to Go If the Doha Declaration in 2001 promised to open a narrow path for developing countries, especially those at the lower end of the development spectrum, the months since then have all but barred that entry-point. At the Doha ministerial meeting the Trade and Development Committee had been mandated to review the special and differential treatment (S and D) provisions specifically to identify which of these special provisions were mandatory and to consider the legal and practical implications of enforcing them. It was also to consider how to assist developing countries to make the best use of these provisions. The several meetings which were to deal with the 80 odd agreement-specific proposals could agree on little despite an extension of the deadline. No movement was discernible in the October 2002 meeting, with all sides maintaining what have come to be known as traditional positions.

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