WTO Doha Round & South Asia: Linking Civil Society with Trade Negotiations
South Asia Forum for International Trade (SAFIT-II)



Project Review Meeting

New Delhi, India, December 21-22, 2006

CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CUTS CITEE) with support from Oxfam Novib, The Netherlands will organise the review meeting of the Phase II of the Project: WTO Doha Round & South Asia: Linking Civil Society with Trade Negotiations. The meeting will be held at New Delhi, India, on December 21-22, 2006.

The objective of the meeting is to bring together the project associates (partners, experts and other stakeholders) to review the preparatory phase activities of the project. It will provide an opportunity to the respective partners to present their draft research paper. It will help in finalising the draft research papers and simultaneously ensure the coordination and coherence of future activities, taking account of the priorities of the project countries.

Project Inception Workshop

Jaipur, India, April 21-22, 2006

CUTS CITEE, supported by Oxfam Novib, The Netherlands, hosted the inception workshop of phase-II of the Project WTO Doha Round & South Asia: Linking Civil Society with Trade Negotiations on April 21-22, 2006 in Jaipur. The workshop was to formally initiate the project in a close group meeting of representatives, including project partners, advisory committee and a few other select experts to give direction to the research work.

The five key researchers from the five South Asian countries presented the overview of current situation of country background study and identified the literature review on the specific issue, covering areas like the ministerial declarations and different provisions under WTO, and country’s experiences so far with respect to the five South Asian countries. The researchers also presented the overall research methodology, starting from the how they would address the research issues and proceed to carry out the exploratory research work, the hypothesis to be tested, methods of collecting data, techniques applied to draw inferences and other aspects of the research work. It was followed by expert comments from the members of the advisory committee and their views on carrying out the project.