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Author: Aileen Kwa,Fatoumata Jawara
Publisher: Zed Books (December 19, 2003)
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While the WTO treaties provide written rules, these are not the result of free and democratic deliberation.

Aileen Kwa. Abstract. Jawara and Kwa (2003: 151– 2) assert that the USA maintains a blacklist of ambassadors that it would like to see removed. While the WTO treaties provide written rules, these are not the result of free and democratic deliberation.

Fatoumata Jawara is a freelance international trade and development . The WTO is the chief rule-making body for international trade, founded in 1995 and based in Geneva.

Fatoumata Jawara is a freelance international trade and development analyst, currently working on the political dynamics of the World Trade Organisation and pursuing a masters degree at Cornell University. It has 146 members, four fifths of them developing countries.

Fatoumata Jawara is a freelance international trade and development analyst, currently working on the political dynamics of the World Trade Organisation and pursuing a masters degree at Cornell University

Fatoumata Jawara is a freelance international trade and development analyst, currently working on the political dynamics of the World Trade Organisation and pursuing a masters degree at Cornell University. Prior to this, she was International Economics and Poverty Officer at the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR), and adviser to the Manicaland Development Association in Zimbabwe (1997 to 1999). From 1992 to 1994 she was Assistant Project Co-ordinator for the Women in Development Horticultural Programme sponsored by UNDP and the Ministry of Agriculture in The Gambia.

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Start by marking Behind the Scenes at the Wto: The Real World of International Trade Negotiations as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The economic prospects of developing and developed countries alike are being shaped by the international negotiations in progress at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about trade, services, investment and intellectual property rights. Based on interviews with people actually participating, this book lifts the shroud of secrecy surrounding these negotiations.

By Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen KwaZed Books, London . This immensely important book on the politics of the WTO, which takes the lid off how the WTO really works, and what really happened before, at, and after the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha in 2001, on the basis of intervi. By Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa. Zed Books, London. This immensely important book on the politics of the WTO, which takes the lid off how the WTO really works, and what really happened before, at, and after the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha in 2001, on the basis of interviews with 33 Geneva-based delegates to the WTO and 10 Secretariat staff members.

WTO : The Real World of International Trade Negotiations. employed by the world's powerful states to impose their agenda on the poorest.

Behind the Scenes at the WTO : The Real World of International Trade Negotiations. by Aileen Kwa and Fatoumata Jawara. This timely book effectively counters the myth that developing countries are well-served by the WTO and usefully exposes the often brutish methods employed by the world's powerful states to impose their agenda on the poorest.

But, as Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa reveal in this extract from their book . The WTO is supposed to operate on the principle of "one country one vote". Subjects: World Trade Organization. International Trade-Analysis. International Trade-Political Activity.

But, as Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa reveal in this extract from their book, the sheer bullying, arm-twisting and threats that are deployed by the major powers against developing countries make it impossible for African delegates to do otherwise. It is a harrowing story. The big players-the USA and EC-represent a small minority of the membership.

Jawara and Kwa recount how, a few years ago, Third World WTO members fought for Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi .

Jawara and Kwa recount how, a few years ago, Third World WTO members fought for Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, from Thailand, to become WTO director-general, rather than New Zealand's Mike Moore, the imperialist countries' pick. They won a partial victory, with the WTO director-general's usual four-year term being extended to six years. Moore held it for the first three years, followed by Panitchpakdi. Behind the Scenes documents how the marginalisation of the Third World takes place at WTO meetings, such as the increasing use of "mini-ministerial" meetings attended by imperialist-country government representatives and selected Third World governments.

by Jawara, Fatoumata, Authors: Kwa, Aileen. ISBN: 1842775332 Subject(s): World Trade Organization. Published by : Zed Books, in association with Focus on the Global South, Bangkok ; Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, (New York : New York :) Physical details: xxxv, 329 p. ; 20 cm. World Trade Organization %Developing countries. Tags from this library

International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 1842775332 (softcover).

International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 1842775332 (softcover). persuasion : arm-twisting and pay-offs 7. Mike Moore and the WTO secretariat : wolves in sheep's clothing 8. After Doha : business as usual 9. The Doha development agenda : 'everything but development' 10. Conclusion. Corporate Name: World Trade Organization. Personal Name: Kwa, Aileen. Rubrics: Commercial treaties Commercial policy International trade.

The economic prospects of developing and developed countries alike are being shaped by the international negotiations in progress at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about trade, services, investment and intellectual property rights. Based on interviews with people actually participating, this book lifts the shroud of secrecy surrounding these negotiations. What emerges is a disturbing picture that contradicts commonly held assumptions about the WTO, namely, that negotiations don't allow full participation by poor countries; that the EU and US dominate the agenda; that poor countries are often betrayed in the final outcomes.
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Arabella V.
Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa are both trade analysts. In this brilliant and fascinating book, they show how the World Trade Organization [WTO] makes its decisions. They conducted in-depth interviews in 2002 with 33 Geneva-based missions to the WTO and with ten WTO Secretariat staff members, focusing on events before, during and after the 2001 Doha Conference.

The WTO is the chief rule-making body for international trade, founded in 1995 and based in Geneva. It has 146 members, four fifths of them developing countries. It deals with issues of manufactured goods, agricultural products, textiles, services, intellectual products, and issues of investment and competition policy, with effects on jobs, incomes and services, especially health, education and water.

410 of 512 WTO posts are held by people from developed countries, including 129 from France and 71 from Britain. Only 10 are from Africa. The authors write, "the Secretariat promotes further trade liberalisation in the WTO negotiations irrespective of, and at times at the expense of, the development needs and goals of developing country members."

The authors show how the G7's representatives bully the developing nations' representatives and detail their illegitimate threats and bribes. The Labour government's representatives, as you would expect, always oppose the interests of the developing nations.

How do the G7 operate? First, the US and EU confer and agree, then they meet with Japan and Canada, often with the WTO Secretariat - this is the Quadrilateral Group. Then they invite a wider group of about 30 representatives to `mini-ministerial' meetings, always excluding Cuba. These `mini-ministerial' meetings are unrepresentative, selective, never minuted, and have no agreed procedure or code of conduct.

The Chair of the WTO's General Council in 2001 was Stuart Harbison (Hong Kong's Ambassador to the WTO, 1995-2002, a former UK colonial administrator). He imposed a Draft Ministerial Declaration which reflected the views not of the majority but of the Quadrilateral Group. He lied that `no one objected' to the first draft and claimed there was a consensus, in order to deny a vote. On the question of negotiating the key issues that the Quadrilateral Group wanted, Harbison lied that 50% were in favour, and 50% against.

What does the Group want? It always pushes for maximum investor protection and unrestricted foreign investment. It always opposes all obligations on foreign companies to respect or support domestic rights. Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights [TRIPS] are a tax on knowledge paid by poor countries to rich companies, blocking, for example, the production of cheaper generic copies of patented drugs. The US and EU subsidies for their agricultural products wreck developing countries' farmers.

The EU, the USA, Japan and Canada gain from the WTO; the great majority of the developing countries don't. As a 2000 OECD report concluded, "Liberalisation of trade in services within the GATS [General Agreement on Trade in Services] has not brought about specific tangible results for transition economies."

The WTO serves the interests of capitalism, not the majority's interests. It is a tool in the hands of G7 states and corporations to rule the developing countries. It is a standing attack on democracy and national sovereignty.
Ximinon
The riveting, true story of the dark world of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Looking into the secret world of these rounds of international negotiations, the authors paint a vivid portrait of a very unhappy global family, with the United States and Europe using duplicitous means to deter and distract negotiators from poor countries who may oppose their agendas. The book covers dubious ways that rich countries strong-arm poor countries into casting votes against their interests.

The book not only looks at more recent negotiations, but exposes real-life accounts from frustrated negotiators at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference, which eventually led to the creation of the IMF and World Bank, as well as the WTO. Their accounts show that even as World War II was coming to a close, the United States and other rich nations were purposefully tilting the tables at negotiations to serve their unspoken agendas.

This book is an essential read for anyone interested in the WTO, the Bretton Woods organizations, or international negotiations at all.
Yananoc
This book, while yes, has recognisable bias, is mandatory reading for anyone who purports to know about the WTO.
I recommend buying this version, as its much cheaper, and checking out the version with the 100 page intro from the library. There is good stuff in the intro.
As someone about to partake on field work in Geneva, I value what I've learned in this book. Its also incredibly valuable if you study decision-making. You are introduced to everyone who was anyone during the Doha ministerial.
Amazing structure, great example of how to use interviews (even off the record interviews), and stunning read.
Akinonris
The main thing which affected me most about this book is the fact that the world for the first time is not being run by nations, or by the unity of nations, but by corporations. These corporations are found everywhere, from the air that we breathe to the presidential campaigns. compelling stuff.