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Business Guide to the World Trading System

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This publication is a sequel to the highly successful Business Guide to the Uruguay Round.



It provides an overview of achievements of the Uruguay Round and the legal system established by it and explains the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This edition contains updates on new developments which have taken place since 1996. It also contains a new section on the six trade-related subject areas: trade and environment, trade and investment, competition policy, transparency in government and procurement, trade facilitation and electronic commerce. A thorough understanding of the World Trading System is critical to increasing the competitiveness of enterprises in Commonwealth countries. This publication will be an essential tool to the international business community and will help business leaders to better understand the implications of the WTO Agreements and how to apply the various provisions and rules to their day-to-day business decisions.



Published jointly by the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

The development of international trade can he adversely affected if the standards adopted by countries to protect intellectual property rights (IPRs) vary widely from country to country. Furthermore, the lax or ineffective enforcement of such rights can encourage trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, thereby damaging the legitimate commercial interests of manufacturers who hold or have acquired those rights. The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), negotiated in the Uruguay Round, therefore lays down minimum standards for the protection of intellectual property rights as well as the procedures and remedies for their enforcement.

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