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Foreign direct investments and international agreements: a south perspective

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This paper examines the implications of PMAI particularly from the standpoint ofdeveloping countries. It argues that (a) the case against an MAI-typeagreement is, if anything, stronger now than before; such a treaty would seriously prejudice economic development; (b) PMAI is not only incompatible with the developmental needs of poor countries, it is also likely to harm theinterests of advanced country citizens and workers; (c) a continuation of thestatus quo in this area (i.e., implementing the bilateral investment treaties) would be preferable for developing countries than the PMAI. The reasoning behind the propositions (a) to (c) above will be briefly presented in this Executive Summary and more fully explained in the main body of the paper.

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  • Singh, Ajit, 2001. "Foreign direct investments and international agreements: a south perspective," MPRA Paper 24299, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Ajit Singh, 2005. "FDI, Globalisation and Economic Development - Towards Reforming National and International Rules of the Game," Working Papers wp304, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.

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    Keywords

    Foreign Direct Investment; South Centre;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics

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