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IBSAC (INDIA, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA, CHINA): A Potential Developing Country Coalition in WTO Negotiations


  • Debashis Chakraborty



This paper argues that IBSA( India, Brazil, South Africa) as opposed to IBSAC (with China) is a far more coherent group when it comes to WTO negotiations as its interests coincide given the agenda that seeks to free trade asymmetrically with the developed countries having to concede more on market access than developing countries and LDCs will have to. The paper begins with the trade profiles of the IBSAC countries followed by a discussion on the evolution of a developing country alliance at the WTO negotiations. The genesis of IBSAC and the phenomenon of growing regionalism are analysed. The possible emergence of IBSAC as a negotiating coalition at the WTO forums is discussed next. The chapter is followed by an analysis on the potential role of a grouping called IBSAC-plus in WTO negotiations.

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  • Debashis Chakraborty, 2007. "IBSAC (INDIA, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA, CHINA): A Potential Developing Country Coalition in WTO Negotiations," Working Papers id:958, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:958
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    1. Chevallier Romy & Drachenfels Christian von & Stamm Andreas, 2008. "India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) – a new geography of trade and technology cooperation?," Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, De Gruyter, vol. 52(1), pages 35-49, October.
    2. Debashis Chakraborty & Pritam Banerjee & Dipankar Sengupta, 2012. "Developing Country Coalitions in WTO Negotiations: How cohesive would IBSAC (India, Brazil, South Africa, China) be?," Working Papers 1212, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
    3. Nicolas Gravel & Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, 2010. "Is India better off today than 15 years ago? A robust multidimensional answer," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 8(2), pages 173-195, June.
    4. Amit Chandna, 2014. "India’s Foreign Trade with China Since Economic Reforms in India," Journal of Commerce and Trade, Society for Advanced Management Studies, vol. 9(1), pages 89-98, April.
    5. Laurence Henry, 2007. "Trade and Economic Arrangements Between India and South Asia in the Context of Regional Construction and Globalisation," Working Papers id:1055, eSocialSciences.


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