Trade Leaders Optimistic About Doha Deal
After WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy opened the four-day session, Realizing the Doha Development Agenda as if the Future Mattered, fifty key stakeholders from government, business, World Trade Organization member governments, and NGOs to address the Doha Development Round negotiations of the WTO and tackle the issues currently blocking the way toward a successful conclusion of the Round.
Meeting under the Chatham House Rule at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, from February 16-20, seminar participants sought new ways to understand what's at stake, unblock the process and lay the political groundwork in the WTO, in capitals, and among constituencies and interest groups. The retreat, entitled "Realizing the Doha Development Agenda as if the Future Mattered," was convened by three non-profit foundations with global missions: the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Salzburg Seminar. Significant expertise and program support was provided by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and other leading institutions.