Component I, the final product would be a book consisting of five
high quality and well-researched papers on five key negotiating
issues under Doha Development Agenda in the context of Post-Hong
Kong Scenario. The book will serve as a reference material for
trade negotiators, not only from South Asian countries but also
for others. The expected impact will be manifestation of South
Asian civil society views and concerns on Doha Round of negotiations
to the trade community at large.
the Component II, the final product would be a book consisting
of high quality and well-researched papers suggesting strategies
for each of the five South Asian countries on domestic preparedness
to enable them to go for necessary domestic policy reforms and
these two books, the following would be the outcome of the project:
trade negotiators and five trade policy officials from five
South Asian countries will be better equipped to negotiate
during the Doha Round for the benefit of the poor, with inputs
from stakeholders working on the ground/grassroots. Trade
policy officials in South Asian countries will put more emphasis
on domestic preparedness vis-à-vis implementing the
Doha Round outcomes.
action-research (stakeholders’ involvement in the process
of conducting research) five project partners will form an
informal forum of state (trade policy officials and trade
negotiators) and non-state (NGOs, trade unions, research institutions,
WTO experts, business bodies) actors. This forum will help
different actors to interact with each other on trade-related
Through achieving the outputs the project management team at
would contribute to consolidate multiple stakeholders’ understanding
and knowledge on trade issues.
linking Component I & II, there would be five country
specific declarations/recommendations and one common declaration
on South Asian perspective based on the above five declarations.
All six declarations would be released for advocating with
trade negotiators, trade policy officials, business bodies,
NGOs for wider dissemination and other civil society actors,
to help South Asian countries to better understand each other’s
concerns. This will be used as lobby tool.