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How Can South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa Gain from the Next WTO Round

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  • Anderson, Kym
  • Yao, Shunli

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If South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are to become constructively engaged in the next attempt by World Trade Organization (WTO) members to liberalize trade multilaterally, they need to be convinced that there will be sufficient gains from trade reform to warrant the inevitable costs of negotiation and adjustment. This Paper provides new estimates of the likely economic effects on their economies of further liberalizing world trade post-Uruguay Round. The results show that the developing countries of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa have much to gain from taking part in the next round. Those gains will be far greater the more those countries are willing to embrace reform at home so as to enable their firms to take greatest advantage of the opportunities provided by the opening up of markets abroad.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 3170.

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Date of creation: Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:3170

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Keywords: developing country gains; multilateral negotiations; trade policy; WTO;

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  1. Anderson, Kym, 2004. "Agricultural trade reform and poverty reduction in developing countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3396, The World Bank.
  2. Alemayehu Geda, 2006. "Openness, Inequality and Poverty in Africa," Working Papers 25, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
  3. Anderson, Kym, 2003. "Trade Liberalization, Agriculture, and Poverty in Low-income Countries," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  4. Rolf J. Langhammer, 2004. "China and the G-21: A New North-South Divide in the WTO After Cancún?," Kiel Working Papers 1194, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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