Preventing the Revival of the Doha Round

9am-6pm, December 9, 2006

Cebu City, Philippines

*Interested participants are requested to please register beforehand so logistics can be arranged accordingly

The collapse of the talks of the Doha Round of negotiations of the World Trade Organization last July was the best possible outcome for developing countries. The Doha Round of negotiations had gone so far from being about development and it was clear that what the big trading powers wanted was more market access and special and differential treatment for them. Social movements, national campaigns and people the world over then celebrated this collapse as a victory for the majority of world’s peoples.

This victory however is in danger of being overturned. After weeks of “quiet

diplomacy” Pascal Lamy announces in an informal Heads of Delegations meeting

in Geneva that there will be “a soft resumption” of the Doha talks. Although

the details remain unclear, one thing is evident – that it is with great

urgency that social movements, NGOs, national campaigns and activists have

to move fast to prevent the revival of this Doha Round and worse, its

possible conclusion in the next few months.


At the same time, there is a rise of bilateral and regional FTAs plaguing

the region. Now, more than ever, is the time to bring together the different

campaigns around FTAs and the WTO and support and strengthen each other.




It is with this urgency that we are organizing a Regional Trade Strategy

Meeting this December 9, 2006 in Cebu, Philippines. The date and venue is

timed to take advantage of the presence of several regional and

international organizations and movements in Cebu, Philippines who will be

attending the ASEAN Summit and civil society events from December 9-13.


This Regional Trade Strategy Meeting is envisioned to be a re-grouping of

the movements and coalitions after the re-launching of the suspended Doha

talks, to discuss and analyze the new situation and to plot the next steps

forward in order to prevent the conclusion of the Round before April, the

new deadline of the talks which is when the Fast Track Authority of the US



This meeting follows from the previous successful regional meetings in

Bangkok in 2003, 2004 and most recently in February of 2006 and also follows

on the success of other region wide meetings in 2005 in Colombo, South Korea

and Hong Kong. This meeting hopes to continue this regional process and

strengthen it.  

This meeting is open to all trade activists, organizations, movements and

national and regional coalitions. The organizers however, unfortunately

cannot provide any support for travel assistance or local accommodation.

Interested participants are requested to please register beforehand so

logistics can be arranged accordingly



This meeting is jointly organized by:

ATTAC Japan 

Federation of Indonesian Peasant Union (FSPI)

Focus on the Global South

FTA Watch Thailand 

Globalization Monitor, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU)

Institute for Global Justice, Indonesia

Jubilee South, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)

Kilusang Mangingisda (Fisherfolk Movement-Philippines)

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU)

Migrant Forum in Asia

Stop the New Round! Coalition, Philippines

Womyn’s Agenda for Change, Cambodia

*To register for this meeting or for more information, please contact:

Mary Lou Malig of Focus on the Global South: [email protected]