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Investment Incentives in Commonwealth Developed Countries and the WTO Investment Negotiations

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This volume contains studies of investment incentives and subsidies available for small businesses, economically disadvantaged or remote areas and indigenous or minority groups in the four developed countries of the Commonwealth. They were commissioned to show the breadth and diversity of such incentives in the developed countries, and, by implication, the diversity of measures that are WTOcompatible, or at least do not infringe – or have not been charged with infringing – the rules on the investment agreed under the GATT 1994 or the GATS.

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Overview

Foreign direct investment (FDI) brings valuable benefits to developing countries which are not easily available through other means. These include not only the capital itself, but also the transfer of technological know-how and often associated intellectual property rights, managerial capacity, knowledge of export markets and marketing skills. There are clear linkages with improved export capacities and opportunities, particular valuable as international markets are opened through world trade liberalisation.

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