This report refutes the assessment that the Hong Kong Ministerial was a success both in terms of its 'bottom-up' process and in its outcome for development. It argues that Pascal Lamy, together with powerful WTO members, has spun the WTO process, claiming that it is bottom-up while orchestrating and driving a process that is anything but. The report also shows how the EU and US have used the notion of the 'development package' to divide developing countries and further their own agendas.
The report is divided into four sections. The first two illustrate, through case studies, how power politics and power processes have led to a deceptive Hong Kong outcome, while the last two look at how the EU and US have manipulated the WTO framework to intensify divisions between developing countries, and the implications of these divisions for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the G90 as well as for powerful countries such as India and Brazil.
The paper makes the point that, far from being powerless spectators in the WTO, developing countries can, when united, be potent agents for change within the multilateral trading system. It calls on developed countries to acknowledge that Doha is yet another one-sided WTO deal that should be rejected