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Global partnership 

What Germany is doing:
Fair rules in international trade


UN headquarters in New York with flags in foreground. Copyright: Photothek.netThe aim of the Ger­man gov­ern­ment's de­vel­op­ment policy is to help esta­blish a stable and socially re­spon­si­ble world eco­nom­ic order. An open, fair trade sys­tem that is based on firm rules and that does not dis­cri­mi­nate against devel­op­ing coun­tries is an integral part of the 'global partner­ship' whose esta­blish­ment is one of the eight goals set out in the Mil­len­nium Declaration.

To achieve this goal the most important in­sti­tu­tions and agree­ments that regulate the world econ­o­my need to be re­formed and refined. To in­crease the eco­nom­ic dynamism and active in­volve­ment of the poor, the Ger­man gov­ern­ment is com­mitted to giving more room to the in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing and tran­si­tion coun­tries at in­ter­na­tional con­ferences and during ne­go­tia­tions so that they and their pro­ducts stand a chance on the global market.

The members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) resolved at the con­fer­ence in Doha, Qatar in 2001 to take greater ac­count of the needs of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. How­ever, because of divergent views among WTO members the ne­go­tia­tions have still not been con­cluded. Germany sup­ports the rapid and de­vel­op­ment-oriented conclusion of the Doha Round. From the point of view of Ger­man de­vel­op­ment policy, a number of changes are needed in order to im­prove the situation of developing countries:

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