Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Global Forum on Trade, Bridgetown, Barbados, 28-29 June 2005


Special and Differential Treatment: Thinking Outside the Box,

Bridgetown, Barbados, 28-29 June 2005

The Trade Directorate with the support of the World Bank and the University of the West Indies, organised a Global Forum on Trade on Special and Differential Treatment: Thinking Outside the Box. Held from 28 to 29 June 2005 in Bridgetown, Barbados, the conference was hosted by the Government of Barbados.


Strengthening and operationalising special and differential treatment (SDT) is at the heart of the Doha Development Agenda as well as certain regional negotiations.  This two-day intensive workshop brainstormed and explored concrete options for precise, effective and operational special and differential treatment in different areas, with a view to contributing to ongoing trade discussions at the multilateral and regional levels.


Topics addressed included agriculture, services, trade facilitation, smallness and vulnerability, among others.  In addition, a range of alternative approaches to special and differential treatment, including trade-related capacity building, situational flexibilities, variable geometry and other ideas were examined.


The key papers and presentations made at this Global Forum on Trade are now available on line: click here. The Rapporteur's summary can be found here.


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