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The BRICS at the WTO Doha Development Round

The current global economic crisis has affected the BRICS countries greatly and that might modify their agendas for the Doha Development Round. Given their stated commitment at the G-20 meetings to contribute to the successful closing of multilateral trade negotiations and their increasing relevance in the global economy, the BRICS involvement is a key component defining how the global trading system will cope with this crisis and contribute to its resolution.

This analysis provides suggestions as to what these large trading economies are likely to consider essential, negotiable and non-relevant for this Round to close successfully. It is grounded on three variables: their leadership capacity to coordinate with other countries at the negotiations, their policy learning from previous crises (such as the ones affecting their Uruguay Round positions in the early 1990s or their WTO accession in the midst of the Asian Crisis), and how their development strategies are being affected by the current crisis. All these three elements are in turn informed by internal political processes and the array of domestic interests inside each of these three countries.

This project was funded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The results of the research were presented on September 28th, 2009, at the WTO 2009 Public Forum.

The International Financial Crisis and Brazil in the Doha Development Round, by Saulo Nogueira.

Working Paper                         WTO Forum Presentation

China and the Doha Development Agenda, by Chin Leng Lim and  JiangYu Wang.

Working Paper                        WTO Forum Presentation

India: Strategies at the Doha Development Agenda – July and Beyond, by Rajiv Kumar and Swapna Nair.

Working Paper                      WTO Forum Presentation

Project Structure and Rationale, by Pablo Heidrich.

WTO Forum Presentation

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Pablo Heidrich
Senior Researcher