The Creation of a Global Competition Regime. Where Exactly Do the Obstacles Lie–Practical Co-operation or Ideological Differences?

By: Mervyn Martin


There has been considerable interest in the creation of a global competition regime in the WTO since its conception. It is an issue that has always emerged in the forum’s agenda, and yet, more than ten years later, the international trading system has been unable to agree on a global competition framework. Notwithstanding the current agreement to hold any framework negotiations in abeyance to enable the Doha Round negotiations to proceed, two interesting conclusions can be drawn. First of all, that the agreement pertains only to negotiation related discussions and not discussions per-se on the issue of competition. This would mean that the work of the working group on competition will continue.

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