A paramount challenge for the WTO this millennium will be the extent to which it assists the economic development of the world’s poor. Over two thirds of WTO Members are developing or least-developed countries (LDCs). The legitimacy of the multilateral trading system will be undermined unless WTO rules further these Members’ development objectives. The launch of the current trade round as the Doha ‘Development’ Agenda reflects the immediacy of the challenge, yet development has been an issue of central importance since the inception of the GATT in 1947. This...
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