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World Trade Bulletin

Gavin McFarlane of Temple Chambers Cardiff explores recent developments on the world trade front
The ministerial meeting in Hong Kong to try to save the development round of the World Trade Organisation had the kind of press reviews which would have immediately sunk any new stage production in the West End: 'Tentative steps forward seen as better than none at all' (Financial Times); 'A shaming history of cowardice and self-interest' (Independent); 'Doha trade round left on life support' (Financial Times); 'Campaigners unimpressed with betrayal of promises' (Independent). Certainly it is almost impossible to distil any positives from the outcome. Throughout 2005 in the run-up to the Hong Kong meeting there had been much trailing of this being the very last chance to keep the development round alive ...

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