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The World Bank Group Trade Strategy: Fit for Purpose?

  • Bernard M. Hoekman

In 2011 the World Bank Group (WBG) issued a new trade strategy. This identifies the primary axes for WBG engagement and support activities and areas where action is likely to have the greatest positive impact in terms of helping developing countries to integrate further into the world economy and to benefit from global trade opportunities. This paper briefly discusses the rationale for the development of a strategy and some criticisms that have been directed at it, in particular the view that the strategy neglects to prioritize trade liberalization and as a result is less effective.

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Paper provided by European University Institute in its series RSCAS Working Papers with number PP2013/04.

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Handle: RePEc:rsc:rsceui:pp2013/04
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