Why the Doha deadlock? What are the Doha rounds and why has there been a deadlock over it for so long?

Livemint, September 24, 2009

After a two-day conclave earlier this month, the union minister for commerce and industry, Anand Sharma, announced that a deadlock over the Doha Round of trade talks had been broken, and that negotiations would now go forward.

On Just to Clarify, we’ll look today at what the often-used term “Doha Round” means, and why exactly there has been a deadlock over it. Joining us on the show is Pradeep Mehta, director-general of the CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition, and secretary general of CUTS International. CUTS, standing for Consumer Unit and Trust Society, is an NGO that works on trade and regulatory issues.

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