Number of Downlaods: 35
Published Date: Aug 1, 1999
Faisal Haq Shaheen, SDPI
As we draw closer to the dawn of a new millennium, Pakistan’s global economic position continues to be determined by numerous external influences. Many of the issues that we will be facing as a country will surface at the Seattle round of WTO negotiations this November. This policy brief summarizes relevant positions Pakistan could articulate in Seattle.
‘No’ to New Issues
Pakistan is, as are other Southern nations, suffering from ‘negotiation fatigue’ since the rounds began . The pace of negotiations has been set by the resource rich North leaving the rest struggling to keep up with the outcomes of secretive meetings and swift agreements.
All Southern nations must insist in Seattle that no new negotiation round be initiated until stock is taken of the implementation issues stemming from the Uruguay round. It should also be noted that vacillation on the part of Northern nations with regard to implementation of already agreed upon commitments has lead to reservations on the part of most Southern countries. This is specifically due to the lack of action being taken by the Northern world on commitments made under the heading of Special and Differential Treatment (SDT). What we risk by discussing any new issues is a ‘storming of positions’ by the North which will force the South into ‘one size fits all’ agreements that are not in its’ best interests.