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The impact of accession to GATT on trade-related policies of CIS countries: the case of Belarus

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  • Lücke, Matthias

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This paper investigates which policies CIS countries need to reform when they accede to GATT. The objectives to be pursued through trade policy (e.g. raising fiscal revenue, protecting industries, regional integration) must be defined clearly when tariff levels are bound. Some streamlining (e.g. tariffication of export quotas) is also required. The format of regional integration with Russia (free trade area vs. customs union with joint GATT membership) must not discriminate against GATT contracting parties, and will be influenced by whether Russia is willing to export energy at its low domestic price. Furthermore, systemic reforms need to be accelerated to dispel concerns about discrimination against imports, or hidden subsidies for exports.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 678.

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Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:678

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Keywords: General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; CIS countries; Belarus; trade policy reform;

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  1. Grossman, Gene & Helpman, Elhanan, 1993. "Protection for Sale," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 827, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Langhammer, Rolf J., 1994. "Designing new trade policies for the CIS states: legacies, barriers and prerequisites," Kiel Working Papers 625, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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  1. Langhammer, Rolf J. & Lücke, Matthias, 1995. "Trade among the Post-Soviet states: evolution and policy issues," Kiel Working Papers 708, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Marina Bakanova & L\303\272cio Vinhas de Souza, 2001. "Trade and Growth under Limited Liberalization, The Case of Belarus," International Trade, EconWPA 0108005, EconWPA.
  3. Buch, Claudia M. & Heinrich, Ralph P. & Spinanger, Dean & Engerer, Hella & Lodahl, Maria & Schrettl, Wolfram & Schrooten, Mechthild & Gabrisch, Hubert & Sigmund, Peter, 1997. "Die wirtschaftliche Lage der Republik Belarus: Verordnetes Wachstum ohne Perspektive? Elfter Bericht," Kiel Discussion Papers 307, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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