Small States and the Multilateral Trading System

Overcoming Barriers to Participation

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Developing countries, including as small states and least developed countries (LDCs), continue to face significant challenges within the global trading system. Action is required to allow them to overcome disadvantages and achieve sustainable levels of income from trade.

This study provides a fresh perspective on how measures can be taken to enhance the participation of small states, many of which are Commonwealth countries, in the multilateral trading system. It contributes to the ongoing general debate about reforming the World Trade Organization and global trade governance.





This publication brings together a selection of recent Commonwealth research and analytical work on small states’ participation in the multilateral trading system (MTS). The chapters have been written and reviewed by outstanding experts, both practitioners and academics, in the field of international trade. While sharing their findings and extensive experience, they have successfully managed to tailor their work to the special case of small states, many of which are World Trade Organization (WTO) members. This is a significant addition to the existing body of literature on multilateral trade, given its approach and orientation.


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