chapter  11
The Doha Development Agenda: prospective outcomes and African perspectives
ByPRADEEP S. MEHTA, BIPUL CHATTERJEE, JOSEPH GEORGE
Pages 15

The Doha Development Agenda (DDA or Doha round), launched in December 2001 at the fourth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), is intended to address the development interests and concerns of developing and least developed countries (LDCs) and thereby empower them to participate effectively in the multilateral trading system. The Doha round came in the immediate wake of the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by world leaders who recognized that it was their responsibility to lay foundations for a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world. They further pledged greater cooperation to address global economic challenges of which trade is a key element of MDG8 (Global partnership for development). Thus, the conclusion of the DDA could be considered as part of delivering the MDGs.1