Study of Non-Notified Trade Agreements to the World Trade Organization

May 1, 2014

This paper attempts to reveal those RTAs upon which the WTO fails to shed the light of the transparency exercise. While many studies have pointed out that there are many non-notified RTAs as a reservation in conducting analysis of RTAs, this is the first scholarly attempt to identify the comprehensive picture of non-notified RTAs, with an emphasis on the Asia and the Pacific. Because information on all RTAs notified to the WTO is included in the WTO RTA Database, gathering information on non-notified trade agreements is the key to understanding the universe of trade agreements.

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Topics: WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS (RTAS)

Regions: ASIA-PACIFIC

Authors: SHINTARO HAMANAKA

Publishing Institution: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

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