The WTO and the world trading system ‘post Bali’ – Part 2

Gary Horlick interviewed by Viv Davies, 31 Jan 2014

World-leading trade lawyer, Gary Horlick, talks to Viv Davies about the 2013 WTO Bali ministerial conference and the post-Bali agenda. Horlick discusses food security, agriculture and whether mega regional trade agreements pose a threat to the future of the WTO. They also discuss the potential benefits of the post-Bali agenda for developing countries and the ‘trade transforming’ effect of SMEs and the internet. The interview was recorded in January 2014.

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Simon J Evenett, Alejandro Jara , Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO, A Vox eBook, 18 December 2013.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of Vox Talk interviews on the WTO ‘post Bali’. Part 1, posted last week, featured Alejandro Jara.

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Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Bali package, megaregionals, regional trade agreements, supply chains, trade, WTO

The WTO and the world trading system ‘post Bali’ – Part 1

Alejandro Jara interviewed by Viv Davies, 25 Jan 2014

Alejandro Jara talks to Viv Davies about the 2013 WTO Bali ministerial conference and the recent Vox report, ‘Building on Bali’, co-edited with Simon Evenett. Jara presents his views on the post-Bali agenda, mega regional trade agreements and trade protectionism. They also discuss the extent to which the ‘global value chain revolution’ has changed the nature and focus of international trade and trade agreements. Jara concludes by presenting policy recommendations for the way forward. The interview was recorded in January 2014.

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Simon J Evenett, Alejandro Jara , Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO, A Vox eBook, 18 December 2013.

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Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Bali package, megaregionals, regional trade agreements, supply chains, trade, WTO

Multilateralising 21st-century regionalism

Richard Baldwin, 20 January 2014

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Trade and trade agreements used to be relatively simple. Trade primarily meant trade in ‘made-here-sold-there’ goods, so 20th-century regional and multilateral trade agreements dealt primarily with barriers to goods crossing borders – especially tariffs. For governments, the key purpose of trade and trade agreements was to help their firms sell things.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: global value chain, harmonisation, megaregionals, network effects, regional trade agreements, supply chains, trade, WTO

WTO agreement: The Bali Ribbon

Richard Baldwin, 12 December 2013

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Bali’s success got multilateralism out of the emergency room and into the intensive care unit – but we don’t know whether the operation was a success. The Bali package is only distantly related to the heart of the 2001 agenda (WTO 2013).

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Bali, Doha, mega-regional negotiations, multilateralism, regional trade agreements, trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, WTO

Why do trade negotiations take so long?

Christoph Moser, Andrew K Rose, 8 June 2012

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There is widespread agreement among economists that trade liberalisation is best conducted at the multilateral level. Indeed, facilitating multilateral negotiations is one of the primary objectives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as it was with its predecessor the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, regional trade agreements, WTO

To agree or not to agree on regional trade? Hiring the stock market as an advisor

Andrew K Rose, Christoph Moser, 9 October 2011

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Who benefits from regional trade agreements (RTAs)? Empirical studies have a hard time answering this innocent question decisively. Estimating the impact of a RTA on trade is difficult. RTAs are heterogeneous on a number of dimensions. They are also endogenous – countries tend to create them when trade is already high, growing, or both.

Topics: International trade
Tags: regional trade agreements, stock market

Who Benefits from Regional Trade Agreements? The View from the Stock Market

Christoph Moser, Andrew K Rose, 12 September 2011

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Topics: Financial markets, International trade
Tags: gains from trade, regional trade agreements, stock markets

Regional trade agreements: Blessing or burden?

Caroline Freund, Emanuel Ornelas, 2 June 2010

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The lack of progress in multilateral trade negotiations does not imply that global integration is stagnant. In fact, governments across the globe are as active as ever in negotiating new regional trade agreements (RTAs). For example, in the year to October 2009, as the global financial crisis raged, 25 new RTAs were notified to the WTO.

Topics: International trade
Tags: multilateralism, regional trade agreements, regionalism

Regionalism Worries?

Antoni Estevadeordal, Caroline Freund, Emanuel Ornelas, 25 July 2008

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At a moment when the successful conclusion of the Doha Round seems very much at risk, the question once again arise of whether governments’ seemingly irreducible interest in forming regional trade agreements (RTAs) is a blessing or a burden for the multilateral trading system.

Topics: International trade
Tags: customs unions, free trade areas, multilateralism, regional trade agreements, regionalism

Multilateralizing Asian Regionalism

18 - 19 September 2008, Tokyo

East Asia is the world’s most dynamic region in terms of the growth of incomes, trade and foreign direct investment. It is also experiencing a rapid growth the number of regional trade agreements. Although the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has emerged as the de facto integration hub for FTAs, the lattice of trade agreements is highly complex – a veritable noodle bowl for agreements. How can East Asia ensure that the region’s noodle bowl of FTAs can be consolidated into a single East Asian FTA—a stepping stone toward global integration?
This conference, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank Institute and the Graduate Institute (Geneva)'s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration considers the way forward for "taming the tangle" of trade arrangements in Asia.

Organizer(s):
Masahiro Kawai (ADBI) & Richard Baldwin (CTEI)
Type:
Conference
Location:
Tokyo
Attendance:
Closed attendance
Contact:
Tsuchiya Kayo <ktsuchiya@adbi.org>
Institution:
Asian Development Bank Institute
More information:
http://www.adbi.org/event/2534.multilateralizing.asian.regionalism/

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Topic(s):
International trade
Tags:
ASEAN, Asia, multilateralism, regional trade agreements, regionalism

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