Multilateral and Regional Trade Issues for Developing Countries

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This book is a collection of Trade Briefs, intended to serve as sources of information and training, and as reference tools for officials, policy makers and other persons responsible for following negotiations on behalf of Commonwealth developing countries.

It focuses on the various multilateral and regional negotiations and in particular, the Doha Development Round and ACP-EU Economic Partnerships Agreements (EPAs).

The Papers are presented in a manner which allows for flexibility and accessibility of use. The volume is divided into clear sections according to topics making it easier for trade officials, trade negotiators and researchers to find their subject area of interest. Equally, the volume offers a wide enough selection of trade topics, for individuals with little or no expertise in trade negotiations to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of international negotiations.



COMESA and SADC - A New Free Trade Area and Another in the Making

Economic integration in Eastern and Southern Africa made notable progress in 2000, the year ending with the establishment of a new free trade area (FTA) and the first steps towards the ultimate establishment of another. The FTA of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) saw the abolition of tariffs in the broader region for the first time since the dissolution both of the Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland and of the East African Community in the 1960s and 1970s respectively. The FTA came into operation just two months after the Southern African Development Community (SADC) had begun implementing tariff reductions which will lead to its FTA in 2008.


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