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Developing Countries: Trade

International Development written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Michael Meacher Michael Meacher Labour, Oldham West and Royton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the likely effect on levels of employment in each country in (a) Africa, (b) Latin America and (c) Asia of the completion of the World Trade Organisation Doha Round.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Minister of State, Department for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

The Department for International Development (DFID) has not calculated the impact of the completed Doha Development Agenda (DDA) on employment levels. However, one of the most significant impacts of a Doha deal for these continents will be the expected increase in income. A World Bank study gives estimates of annual increases in income as a result of a Doha deal as follows:

$400 million for Sub-Saharan Africa;

$7.9 billion for Latin America and the Caribbean;

$8.1 billion for East and South Asia.

DFID is working to ensure that a final DDA deal delivers on its development mandate.

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