Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries in the WTO: Moving Forward after Cancun

26 Pages Posted: 26 May 2004

See all articles by Bernard Hoekman

Bernard Hoekman

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Constantine Michalopoulos

World Bank

L. Alan Winters

University of Sussex; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

The issue of special and differential treatment (SDT) for developing countries in the WTO has become a source of tension in North-South trade relations. The absence of an effective SDT regime clearly contributed to the failure of the Cancun Ministerial meeting of the WTO. This paper argues for a new approach that puts the emphasis on efforts to improve the development relevance of WTO rules and create mechanisms which allow greater differentiation across WTO members in determining the applicability of WTO disciplines; complemented by non-discriminatory liberalisation of trade in goods and services in which developing countries have an export interest. The former is key in allowing the WTO to expand its reach to new 'behind the border' policies; and the latter is important to establishing a development dimension in multilateral trade negotiations.

Suggested Citation

Hoekman, Bernard and Hoekman, Bernard and Michalopoulos, Constantine and Winters, L. Alan Alan, Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries in the WTO: Moving Forward after Cancun. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=538201

Bernard Hoekman (Contact Author)

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

Fiesole, Tuscany
Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Constantine Michalopoulos

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

L. Alan Alan Winters

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
33
Abstract Views
2,467
PlumX Metrics