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Beyond market access: Trade-related measures for the least developed countries. What strategy?

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  • Ana Luiza Cortez
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    This paper assesses the effectiveness of non-tariff special and differential treatment (SDT) offered exclusively to the least developed countries by WTO agreements. SDTs are inefficient in at least four aspects. First, they are not easily accessed as they require a certain level of institutional capacity. Second, when accessible they either need to be complemented by other policy interventions or are offset by measures taken elsewhere. Third, some do not respond to LDC needs. Fourth, many are too vaguely defined to provide concrete benefits. Effectiveness can be enhanced by increased LDC ownership and improved policy coherence by trading and development partners.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 109.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:109

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    Keywords: special and differential treatment; least developed countries; World Trade Organization; Uruguay Round; technical assistance; accession; multilateral trade regime; institutional capacity; enhanced integrated framework;

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