Tariffs and the Doha Development Agenda is the first of a series of
discussion papers to be published by the WTO Secretariat. It is
available only in English from the WTO at the price of Swiss Francs 20.-
The following is an abstract of the paper:
“The negotiating mandate for the Doha Development Agenda is both broad
and comprehensive. This paper focuses on the basic mandate given to
negotiators in the area of tariffs and trade in industrial products.
“With respect to developed country markets the key issue is how to
tackle the residual protection arising from low overall levels of
protection. We have identified a number of products at the 4-digit level
of the HS system where issues of peaks and escalation need to be
“For developing countries there are two issues — their high levels of
tariffs and the limited coverage of bindings for some Members. These,
however, do not preclude problems of peaks and escalation such as those
that we have identified in developed country markets.
“Finally, for LDCs the issues are the degree of effective non-reciprocal
market access granted by developed countries, and the very high levels
of protection they face in developing country markets, and the role that
high levels of protection are playing as industry policy instruments in
their own economies”.
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