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The Bali Agreement: An Assessment from the Perspective of Developing Countries

Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla and David Laborde Debucquet ()

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Abstract: This paper discusses the different agreements and decisions reached in the Bali Ministerial Conference and the potential implications for the post-Bali work program. The results of the Bali Ministerial Conference are analyzed taking the perspective of the developing countries (though recognizing that this is a heterogeneous group). Because agricultural topics—in particular, food security—have been key issues in the negotiations, they receive a more detailed treatment. It is recognized, however, that discussing agricultural issues in isolation will not provide an adequate picture of the Bali negotiations. Therefore, this paper provides some historical and conceptual background on each of the topics negotiated, while also including enough legal detail regarding the texts and specific trade discussions to serve as a basic reference.

Keywords: WTO; Doha Round; developing countries; Bali Agreement; GATT; food security; agricultural; Indonesia; General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs; historical; global trade; Doha; agriculture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-09
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