TNC April 2014

Yesterday at the WTO, Members gathered for a formal TNC meeting. The DG said that “it’s time to shift things up a gear” in developing a work programme for the conclusion of the Doha Round. “We must now move into a second phase, focused on resolving the problems that we have been outlining—testing what went wrong and putting forward potential solutions,” he said.

In his statement, he went on to say that the 2008 revised draft texts can only provide “useful parameters to frame our efforts in shaping a work program to conclude the DDA,” but cannot constitute the basis for crafting a work program. The DG also said that rather than restating old positions and aiming for our perfect outcomes, we have to accept that there are no perfect outcomes; instead we have to focus on the art of the possible.

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