WDM explains in depth the decision to call for an end to the ‘Development Round’ of trade talks. This is not a report in the traditional sense; it is predominantly the story of the past six year’s of trade negotiations. It aims to give a sense of how the talks ‘progressed’ and how the main players acted on the international stage. WDM realise that calling for the current negotiating text to be torn up may have seemed like a worse outcome than cobbling together some sort of agreement based on what is currently on the table. Chapters 5 and 6 of the report therefore address the principal arguments used to justify the ‘any deal is better than no deal’ approach.
Missing presumed dead - Whatever happened to the Development Round?