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SUBJECT: GLOBAL ECONOMY: DOHA ROUND

Putting the Pieces Together After Doha

Lead editorial in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (08/01) says
"The world is more dangerous for international trade with the
collapse of the Doha Round. The imposition of the law of the
stronger [nations] will be much easier than it would be, in the
coming years, if the negotiators had reached a modest agreement, but
acceptable agreement for all. ... The evident risk, now, is the
increase in subsidies, with the new U.S. Agricultural Law. ...
Brazil will be one of the countries that will be harmed if these
possibilities are confirmed, as it would have been one of the major
winners, in case an agreement was reached. ... Meanwhile, only U.S.
Trade Representative Susan Schwab has proposed a concrete proposal
by suggesting a restart of the negotiations and establishing
agreements on partial packages. ...The longer the negotiations are
suspended, the more difficult it will be to put the pieces back
together and even more improbable will be the ability to recuperate
points agreed to up until now. The change of administration in the
U.S. and the European Union may create new priorities - and the new
administrations probably will be more sensitive to protectionist's
voices. ....The harm will especially large for the majority of the
countries, if the loss of this effort results in a weakening of WTO
and cracks in the multilateral system.
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