Will the WTO Bali conference advance the Doha Round and Asia?

Matthias Helble, Ganeshan Wignaraja , 13 November 2013

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Trade negotiators from Asia and elsewhere are locked in intense negotiations to lay the platform for a Doha trade deal at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, 3–6 December 2013.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Asia, Bali, Doha, food security, tariff-quota administration, tariffs, trade, trade facilitation, WTO

Sustaining trade reform: Institutional lessons from Peru and Argentina

Elías A. Baracat, J. Michael Finger, Julio J. Nogués, Raúl León Thorne, 28 October 2013

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Beyond removing restrictions, trade reform in Latin American in the 1980s and 1990s was also an attempt to reform the culture of policy management, and in some countries to introduce an optimistic, ‘Asian’ perspective into trade politics. In Peru, reforms have been sustained over several changes of president.

Topics: Institutions and economics, International trade
Tags: Argentina, Latin America, Peru, reform, trade liberalisation, WTO

Awakening the WTO

Hector R. Torres, 21 September 2013

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Admitting that 'the present is just a snapshot in a journey' is disconcerting, so we feel better assuming that the current state of affairs will turn out to be permanent. Indulging in this mistake is common, and we also see it happening in multilateral institutions – particularly if they do not have a watchdog to keep them free from self-deception.

Topics: Institutions and economics, International trade
Tags: developing countries, Doha Round, international trade, WTO

An unintended consequence of WTO membership

Beata Javorcik, Gaia Narciso, 5 September 2013

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The WTO with its 158 member countries is one of the most prominent international bodies. Becoming a member of the club often involves extensive and sometime politically difficult policy changes. For instance, the median time gap between the application and the accession reached 71 months for countries that joined after 1995 (Tang and Wei 2011).

Topics: International trade
Tags: smuggling, tariff evasion, WTO

Global value chain governance in the era of mega FTAs and a proposal of an international supply-chain agreement

Michitaka Nakatomi, 15 August 2013

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As the Doha Round of trade negotiations under the WTO continues to stagnate, mega FTAs – such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the economic partnership agreement between Japan and the EU, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and the EU – will likely play the leading role in trade rulemaking for some time to come.

Topics: International trade
Tags: FTAs, global value chains, WTO

Looking back, moving forward

Pascal Lamy, 29 July 2013

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I came before the General Council in 2005 when I was a DG candidate and again in 2009 to share with you my views about the WTO. Today, I come to you one last time in my capacity as Director-General, as a sign of my strong commitment to being accountable to you, the members of this organisation, whom I have strived to serve since you appointed me eight years ago.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, Pascal Lamy, WTO

Payoff from the world trade agenda 2013

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Jeffrey J. Schott , Cathleen Cimino, 7 July 2013

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In the wake of the Great Recession, world trade and investment have faltered. Responsible officials turned a blind eye to fresh liberalisation, and instead condoned a quiet resurgence of protectionist measures.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Bali Meeting, Doha Round, WTO

Future of the world trading system: Asian perspectives

Richard Baldwin, Masahiro Kawai, Ganeshan Wignaraja , 12 June 2013

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The 1995 creation of the WTO – as an institutional extension of the GATT - held out the promise of an effective, rules-based world trading system where all countries were treated alike. In addition to establishing a global judiciary for trade disputes, the WTO was expected to provide a forum for trade negotiations and other related functions.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Factory Asia, free-trade agreements, WTO

Some news about preferential international market access

Peter Egger, Georg Wamser, 7 June 2013

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The world trade system as governed by the WTO works on two fundamental principles, i.e. most-favoured nation treatment and national treatment.

Topics: International trade
Tags: free-trade agreements, trade policy, WTO

The stalemate at the negotiations on environmental goods: Can it be broken?

Gaëlle Balineau, Jaime de Melo, 5 May 2013

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At its launch, the Doha Round was dubbed the Round for the ‘Developing Countries and for the protection of the environment’ as it was to create a triple-win situation, for trade, for development, and for the environment by the reduction or elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers on environmental goods and services.

Topics: International trade
Tags: environmental goods, WTO

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