“We are not at the origins of this impasse, we are not the ones preventing the round from progressing, but we are the ones who are going to pay the highest cost,” Rugwabiza told IPS.
LDCs are seeking a mini trade deal ahead of any worldwide agreement under the Doha Round of trade negotiations. The talks - underway since 2001 - have slowed to almost a halt, and the rise of emerging Southern economies has made the donor-client rhetoric of many players in the talks increasingly irrelevant.
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