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Published Date: Jan 1, 2000

Settling the dust in Seattle Discussing the Aftermath of the 1999 WTO Ministerial from a Pakistani Perspective (PB-9)

Faisal Haq Shaheen, SDPI

It would be both simplistic and repetitive if we were to reiterate the highlights of the Seattle negotiations, a task which has already been conducted to a great extent by both northern and southern journalists and popular media.  Instead, this paper will follow its preceding brief and attempt to draw light to the issues that are influencing and shaping the forum of global trade.  To that end, this paper will:
·    Discuss the positions of the new players in WTO (whose lack of inclusion in the monte carlo and preparations for the Seattle Ministerial contributed to its deterioration and current crisis of illegitimacy.
·    Touch on where the agreements and Pakistan’s interests stand now as compared to before Seattle;
·    Analyze the trends that global trade is producing and suggest positions and policies that Pakistan and South Asia as a whole need to take in order to establish a stable and sustainable trading block.

This continuing brief will also lead into the contents of a later brief, suggesting positions for Pakistan to take in the Geneva Ministerial in September.