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WTO at the Crossroads

WTO at the Crossroads

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A report on the imperative of a WTO Reform Agenda
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WTO at the Crossroads
A Report on the Imperativeof a WTO Reform Agenda
 
By:Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
www.tagorg.com
Member, Panel of WTO Experts
 
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“I you sit at a crossroads,you will get sick. ”
Old Palestinian Proverb
 
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Contents
Foreword by the Honourable Sergio Marchi
 
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Opening Message from Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
 
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1. Introduction
 
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2. Issues, Ideas & Recommendations
 
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I. Being More Aggressive on Trade Promotion
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a) A Commitment to Reconnecting with Citizens
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 b) Recognizing a New World
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c) Humanizing Trade for Business People
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II. Streamlining & Strengthening Decision-Making
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a) The Consensus Principle
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b) The Single Undertaking
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c) Opening & Expanding the Trade Policy Review (TPR)
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d) Creatng a More Time Sensitve Accessions Process
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e) Having the WTO Fully Enter the IT & Internet World
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III. Enhancing Governance
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a) Harmonizing & Harnessing UNCTAD and ITC within the WTO
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 b) Building Up & Empowering the WTO Secretariat
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c) Establishing Two New Permanent Committees
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d) Annual Ministerial Conference
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e) WTO Informal Leaders Retreat
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f) A Single WTO DDG
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g) Creation of an Executive General Council Committee
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h) Strengthening Inter-Agency Coherence
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i) Righting the ‘Wrongs’ in Services Negotiations
 
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IV. Creating & Owning a Credible Reform Process
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a) First things First
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 b) Ministerial Engagement
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c) Citizens
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d) Seizing the Moment in Bali
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e) Election of a new WTO DG
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3. Conclusion
 
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Appendix I:
Summary of Recommendations
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Appendix II:
Proposal for an Internet Economy Agreement
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Appendix II:
Brief Prole
 
of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
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