This is now an important challenge, particularly when almost all member governments are parties to, negotiate or plan to negotiate regional agreements. In the Doha Declaration, members agreed to negotiate a solution, taking due account of the role these agreements can play in promoting development. In response to the global financial crisis, a summit of heads of state and government of the heads of state and government of the G20`s major economic powers, held in Washington on 14-15 November 2008, D.C., agreed to work towards an agreement by the end of the year on the modalities leading to an « ambitious outcome » of the Doha Round and to refrain from addressing new barriers to trade and investment. In December 2008, new draft negotiations were presented pending a ministerial proposal on the final modalities, but this summit never saw the light of day, as the differences between the parties remained intractable. Some states have requested negotiations on the basis of the December 2008 draft text, but the United States has stated that these texts have not been approved by the United States and do not reflect a consensus on the way forward. Instead, the United States held a series of bilateral discussions with advanced developing countries to determine specific market access obligations that these countries could meet under the draft texts20 The July 2004 framework agreement served as the basis for further agricultural negotiations. With respect to domestic support, grants will be reduced by a « staggered » or « reduced » approach, applied to achieve « harmonization » of levels of support. Subsidized countries will provide a 20% less down payment in the first year of the agreement. The reduction in tariffs will use a modulated formula with a harmonization element, but with a few exceptions for « sensitive products ».
The European Union finally agreed to the abolition of export subsidies, which are seen as an important negotiating objective for the United States. In addition, countries are increasingly seeking bilateral or regional trade agreements. As of 15 January 2012, 515 regional trade agreements have been notified to the WTO, of which 319 are currently in force.4 There is disagreement as to whether these more limited trade agreements help or harm the multilateral system. Some experts argue that regional agreements are easier to negotiate, allow for a higher degree of liberalization and are therefore effective in opening markets. However, others argue that regional agreements are contrary to the WTO`s general principle of non-discrimination (which allows for some exceptions), that many poor countries, which are often not involved in the agreements, deny benefits and divert resources from WTO negotiations.5 In June 2007, the Doha Round negotiations failed at a conference in Potsdam due to a major impasse between the United States. , the EU, India and Brazil. The main problem has been the opening of agricultural and industrial markets in different countries and the question of how to reduce agricultural subsidies to rich countries.  Agriculture has become the linchpin of the Doha Development Agenda.