With G8 leaders pledging to conclude the Doha Round of trade talks in the World Trade Organisation, and President Obama stressing the need to integrate the poorest nations into the global economy during his visit to Ghana, international trade reform seems poised to receive another boost in agreeing upon a new multilateral trading framework.

Such negotiations are likely to be influenced global debate on climate change at the UN’s COP15 in Copenhagen, including issues such as ‘green barriers’ to trade. Also shaping the agenda are the increasing dominance of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) states and the global financial crisis.

Source: www.iiea.com

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