Thursday, July 31, 2008


Hola Gente,
We have already seen the signs of protectionism around the world as the preferred response to the food crisis. Yet, these signs have been coming from governments responding to their concerned constituencies that see their daily life threatened and demand immediate actions.

Now, the hope that a global platform, such as Doha, would counterweight all these nonsense policies has been scattered precisely under the argument of protectionism. The irony is that the countries that have precisely benefited the most from trade (China and India) were the ones that staunchly opposed any concession that would exposed their consumers to new exports.These actions left developed countries with little incentives to reform their own protectionist agricultural agendas.
Left my Cristal ball at home to predict what's next....See bellow a compilation of articles in the subject;
The Economist: The Doha round...and round...and round
  • IPS: BRAZIL: Doha Failure a ‘Triumph of Protectionism’, Say Trade Sources
  • Center for Global Development: Doha Collapse No Surprise But Extremely Unfortunate -- Especially for Developing Countries AND Food Security Fears Undermine Doha Trade Talk
  • World Bank- IFC blog: The collapse of Doha