Advancing the People's Trade Agenda

IBON Policy Brief:

Two decades since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), over 60 agreements and numerous ministerial trade negotiations have led to empty promises that continue to fail developing countries and their people. Throughout its existence, the WTO’s mandate to set rules for an international trading order has resulted in unfettered liberalization causing far-reaching and disastrous impacts in the economy, agriculture sector and food systems of people in the developing world.

IBON International's new policy paper critiques the WTO and how it failed the poorest of the poor by advancing the interests of developed states and their corporations; for blocking attempts of developing states to rectify injustices in the trading system; and for trying to introduce a set of ‘new issues’ spanning  investment, competition, intellectual property, state-owned enterprises to policies on government procurement.

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