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Why WTO? Forum Shopping for New Aid for Trade Regime

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Please join us for a discussion of Dan's on-going research. Hard copies of the paper will be available from the CIS office in Mill Lane in the week before the Colloquium. Alternatively e-mail Elif Cetin at for a copy.

Despite the lack of expertise and experience on development aid issue, the World Trade Organization has become the main institutional forum for the new ‘Aid for Trade’ regime, which now claims about 30% of all official development assistance commitments ($ 41.7 billion in 2008 and steadily increasing). This paper analyses the role of the WTO Secretariat leadership and trade ministers in events leading to the Hong Kong Ministerial in December 2005 which resulted in a ‘forum shift’ of the Aid for Trade agenda from the World Bank to the unlikely forum of the WTO . The decision of trade ministers to include the dimension of development aid in a highly legalised forum of the WTO has important implications for the multilateral trading system.

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