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Export Promotion and the WTO

A Brief Guide

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This study focuses on export promotion schemes that developing countries may use without violating international trade rules. It examines the rules themselves – the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures for industrial goods and the Agreement on Agriculture for agricultural products – and looks at schemes currently in place in the developing world.

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Foreword

Export promotion schemes can play an important part in the development strategies of countries, especially of developing countries that seek to make exports an engine for economic growth. Membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a critical tool for participation in the multilateral trading system. It requires opening domestic markets to international trade – where exceptions and flexibilities have not been not negotiated – but also provides huge market opportunities for domestic producers.

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