Least Developed Countries and Trade

Challenges of Implementing the Bali Package

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After more than a decade of negotiations, the Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in Bali in 2013, brought reprieve for the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The Ministerial Declaration that was agreed on, known as “Bali Package”, intends to help streamline trade procedures through trade facilitation measures as well as provide developing countries with more options on food security. The objective Is to boost least developed countries (LDC) trade through special provisions known as “LDC Package”, which comprises two parts. Part I relates to TRIPS, e-commerce, small economies, Aid-for-Trade, and trade and transfer of technology. Part II includes selected items from the original DDA that States agreed on.



The WTO agreement on trade facilitation: Consistency with regional trade agreements and the transition to paperless trade

It took many years, which were punctuated by various judgments about the relevance of the WTO, before the final text of a trade agreement was unanimously passed at the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali. It may be light but the concluded ATF partly redeems the WTO’s fading importance in the multilateral trading system. The purpose of this chapter is to compare the results of the ATF with some of the regional trade agreements and the Agreement/Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade for the Asia Pacific Region (A/FA).


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