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Agricultural Trade: Planting the Seeds of Regional by United Nations

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The targets of the learn are to map and examine latest alternate agreements within the sector and their product insurance, quite agricultural items, in addition to linked tariff and non-tariff boundaries and to derive implications and suggestions and instructions for exchange coverage negotiations. It comprises either quantitative and qualitative analyses of liberalization efforts within the zone of agricultural alternate, which came about in parallel to negotiations on agricultural exchange liberalization within the context of Doha improvement schedule. It offers an updated, trustworthy account of preferential exchange in Asia with recognize to agriculture. The learn additionally includes a assessment of agricultural reform in China.

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In addition, does trade growth among members of the agreements precede or follow preferential agreements? 13 Table 1. 1 Total number of BTAsb in force 6 17 22 26 30 46 73 Total number of RTAs in force 4 5 6 6 6 8 11 Members with membership in GATT/ WTO 20 22 24 25 26 29 30c Regional members and associate members involved in PTAs 41 44 44 44 45 49 50 Source: Note: Compiled by the author from APTIAD and WITS, April 2007. a GDP figures not available for 2005 and 2006, and trade figures refer to 2005.

When it comes to the negotiation of preferential liberalization, which often embraces “made to measure” liberalization, this sector (is more likely than others) will be granted longer transitional periods, lesser tariff cuts and other exemptions in order for it to become a vehicle for rural development. In developing this last point further, it would appear that preferential trade liberalization is more in line with the objectives of strategic intervention in agricultural trade than is multilateral liberalization.

13 Figure VIIa. Value of intra-bloc trade in 2005 CISFTA, 114505144 APTA, 273846753 EAEC, 55634821 ECOTA, 5995675 SAFTA, 10606211 MSG, 26049 BIMSTEC, 18308978 PICTA, 59658 AFTA, 286418627 Source: Note: SPARTECA, 25880905 Calculated by the author from COMTRADE and APTIAD. The size of the bubbles reflects the value of intraregional trade (in thousand US dollars) in 2005. Figure VIIb. Value of intra-bloc trade in years of signature CISFTA, 881857 APTA, 210050 EAEC, 5557034 ECOTA, 3814339 SAFTA, 2450925 AFTA, 69443725 BIMSTEC, 5759489 PICTA, 47959 SPARTECA, 5829697 Source: Note: Calculated by the author from COMTRADE and APTIAD.

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