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Letter: Unfair trade

Sir: The World Trade Organisation has put the goal of improved trade with developing countries high on its agenda. Trade has the potential to generate jobs, income, and growth. But whether trade can effectively reduce poverty depends largely on how it is regulated in the sectors in which the poorest people work.
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