Type: Working Paper
The Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement and rulemaking in the WTO : milestone, mistake or mirage?
Working Paper, EUI RSCAS, 2014/102, Global Governance Programme-132, Global Economics
HOEKMAN, Bernard M., The Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement and rulemaking in the WTO : milestone, mistake or mirage?, EUI RSCAS, 2014/102, Global Governance Programme-132, Global Economics - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/33031
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The Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) embodies the first set of new multilateral rules to have been negotiated under auspices of the WTO since the launch of the Doha Development Agenda, part of a small package of decisions centering on matters of interest to developing countries that was “harvested” from the broader Doha round. This paper analyzes the outcome of the trade facilitation talks, assesses the role of the epistemic community that provided information to negotiators and reflects on the lessons and possible implications of the TFA experience for the prospects for new rule-making and cooperation on regulatory matters in the WTO. The TFA illustrates both the potential and the difficulty of negotiating generally applicable stand-alone agreements in the WTO and demonstrates the importance of issue linkage in achieving cooperation in trade policy matters.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/33031
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2014/102; Global Governance Programme-132; Global Economics
Keyword(s): Trade facilitation Trade agreements Issue linkage WTO Economic development F13 F53 O24 R11
Other topic(s): Trade, investment and international cooperation