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THE 10 MISUNDERSTANDINGS: 3. ignores development?
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The WTO is NOT only concerned about commercial interests. This does NOT take priority over development

The WTO agreements are full of provisions taking the interests of development into account


THE 10 MISUNDERSTANDINGS
1. WTO dictates?
2.
Blindly for trade?
3. Ignores development?
4. Anti-green?
5.
Anti-health?
6.
Wrecks jobs?
7.
Small left out?
8.
Tool of lobbies?
9.
Weak forced to join?
10.
Undemocratic?
  

See also:
The WTO in Brief
10 benefits
Understanding the WTO


Sustainable development: an important objective

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable development is a principal objective

 

 

Underlying the WTO’s trading system is the fact that freer trade boosts economic growth and supports development. In that sense, commerce and development are good for each other.

At the same time, whether or not developing countries gain enough from the system is a subject of continuing debate in the WTO. But that does not mean to say the system offers nothing for these countries. Far from it. The agreements include many important provisions that specifically take developing countries’ interests into account.

Developing countries are allowed more time to apply numerous provisions of the WTO agreements. Least-developed countries receive special treatment, including exemption from many provisions.

The needs of development can also be used to justify actions that might not normally be allowed under the agreements, for example governments giving certain subsidies.

And the negotiations and other work launched at the Doha Ministerial Conference in November 2001 include numerous issues that developing countries want to pursue.

 
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