Queen's University

Doha Round

2010-03-30

Queen's University Policy Studies Professor Robert Wolfe is available to talk about the World Trade Organization's struggle to make progress on the Doha Round, which was originally launched in late 2001 to open up global commerce and help poor countries prosper through increased trade.

WTO officials are meeting in Geneva this week but admit it will take a political miracle for an agreement to happen. Many negotiators say the talks are going backwards.

“The outlook for the stocktaking exercise in Geneva this week is grim. After staggering along for six years, the negotiations hit an impasse in July 2008 and have since stalled. The advents of a new U.S. administration without trade negotiation authority and the global financial crisis have not helped. Despite repeated promises by the G-20 leaders, substantive results keep receding in the mist,” says Professor Wolfe.

From 1976 to 1995, Professor Wolfe was a foreign service officer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He came to Queen's in 1995 and has written extensively on multilateral trade negotiations.

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen's University.

 

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