Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The unfair terms for Viet Nam's entry to the WTO


Published: 9 May 2005

As Viet Nam begins its tenth and possibly final year of accession negotiations, some WTO members are determined to use their power to prise open Viet Nam’s markets, even for their dumped agricultural surpluses. This low-income country is being forced to make ‘WTO-plus’ commitments (that go beyond the demands made of existing WTO members) as the price for WTO membership. This threatens Viet Nam’s success in poverty reduction. Rich countries should look beyond their own short-term commercial interests and allow Viet Nam to accede on pro-development terms.