…..” The rich nations,
under 'Special and Differential Treatment' (S&DT) of the WTO, are
obligated to provide the poor developing nations preferential access to
their markets. Besides, under the rule, they are also to provide
technical and other assistance to the poor countries so that they can
meet their WTO obligations. In other words, the rich nations have been
obligated to help the poor nations to build their own capacity. …..one
of the main themes of a three-day regional conference of the
International Civil Society Forum 2005 organised in Dhaka by a local
think tank, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) for advancing LDC
interests in the sixth WTO ministerial to be held in Hong Kong from
13-18 December next.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the WTO Permanent Mission in Geneva Dr.
Taufiq Ali lamented that the developed countries expect access for
their industrial products to the LDC markets but protect their own
markets through high tariff and non-tariff barriers for the LDC
products. He, like many other speakers at the meeting, suggested that
the LDCs should stand together firmly and demand market access to both
the developed and the advanced developing countries under WTO's S&DT.
The Forum has called for a common stand of the LDC governments and civil
societies on trade issues ahead of the Sixth WTO Ministerial in Hong