Consensus Rule Among Several Impediments to WTO Agreement on Doha

Bloomberg BNA

The negotiation process needs to be eased at the World Trade Organization in order to find agreement on the remaining, most controversial issues of the Doha Development Agenda, most observers agree. However, achieving consensus will remain difficult regardless, they say.

Following approval of the Bali agreement in November, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo immediately called on members to propose solutions to help smooth negotiations to forge multilateral agreements in a more timely manner—albeit solutions, he said, that do not include alterations to its requirement for unanimous approval of all agreements. ‘‘It goes without saying that we can’t wait another two decades to deliver further multilateral outcomes,’’ he said.

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Written by Christina L. Lyons, copyright 2015 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.