The Emerging 'Post-Doha' Agenda and the New Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific

22 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2012

Date Written: October 4, 2012


This paper considers emerging commercial policy challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region in light of the impasse reached at the Eighth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in December 2011. It underscores that, while marginal liberalization of trade barriers under the Doha Development Agenda may not be forthcoming in the short- or even medium-term, the WTO has been successful in erecting a rules-based system of global governance and continues to be extremely important to the future health of the international trading system. Nevertheless, one can expect the current trend toward bilateral and regional free-trade areas (FTAs) will continue, particularly since it is easier to make progress toward 'deep integration' in a smaller group of like-minded countries than in the context of the general WTO membership.

Keywords: world trade organization, Doha Development Agenda, post-Doha Agenda, new regionalism, Asia-Pacific, free trade areas

JEL Classification: F13, F15

Suggested Citation

Plummer, Michael G., The Emerging 'Post-Doha' Agenda and the New Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific (October 4, 2012). ADBI Working Paper No. 384, Available at SSRN: or

Michael G. Plummer (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

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40126 Bologna

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