Obama not seen restarting Doha until late ’09

Dec 15, 2008 | 11:49 AM | Martyn Chase

It looks set to be late 2009 at the earliest before the incoming Obama administration attempts to restart the stalled Doha Round global trade talks, after the World Trade Organization dropped a meeting of trade ministers that had been planned for the coming weeks.

WTO director-general Pascal Lamy decided to cancel the meeting, that had been arranged try to pursue the outline of a trade deal before President Bush leaves office Jan. 20, on the grounds that such an attempt "would be running an unacceptably high risk of failure, which could damage not only the (Doha) Round but also the WTO system," he....

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