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.



Export Processing Zones and the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures

Many of the Commonwealth's developing countries have established export processing zones (EPZs) as trade policy instruments designed to promote non-traditional exports. Typically, these programs provide that if a company locates a manufacturing facility within a geographically delimited zone, and exports all or most of its products, it will be provided with a number of incentives. These incentives range from exemption from various direct and indirect taxes and customs duties to provision of a number of free or low-cost services.


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