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.



Commonwealth Developing Countries and the WTO Telecommunications Regime

The importance of the telecommunications sector to developing country Members of the Commonwealth cannot be overemphasised, since it plays a crucial role in facilitating trade and economic development. However, the difficult issue that arises is to what extent should developing Commonwealth countries grant global telecommunication service providers the right to enter their markets and compete with their incumbent telecommunications service provider. This issue of domestic regulation of foreign telecommunications service providers has now, however, been largely moved onto the international plane with a comprehensive set of obligations and commitments accepted by States pursuant to the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework agreement on services.


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