TRADE & DEVELOPMENT

Work on special and differential provisions

The WTO Agreements contain provisions which give developing countries special rights. These are called “special and differential treatment” provisions. The Ministers in Doha, at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference mandated the Committee on Trade and Development to examine these special and differential treatment provisions.

The WTO Agreements contain special provisions which give developing countries special rights and which give developed countries the possibility to treat developing countries more favorably than other WTO Members. These special provisions include, for example, longer time periods for implementing Agreements and commitments or measures to increase trading opportunities for developing countries.

These provisions are referred to as “special and differential treatment” provisions.

The special provisions include:

  • longer time periods for implementing Agreements and commitments,
  • measures to increase trading opportunities for these countries,
  • provisions requiring all WTO members to safeguard the trade interests of developing countries,
  • support to help developing countries build the infrastructure for WTO work, handle disputes, and implement technical standards, and
  • provisions related to Least-Developed country (LDC) Members.
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