Enhancing Coherence and Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System in an Era of Regionalism

January 22, 2016

This paper examines the implications of this new era of regionalism and offers recommendations on how the system of RTAs can best be leveraged to advance trade and development. Seven policy options are grouped into three work areas: furthering the potential benefits of RTA integration with third parties; using plurilateral approaches as a means to multilateralise RTAs; and, pooling resources to advance the effective implementation of RTAs and new idea-generation.

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Topics: WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) MEGA-REGIONAL AGREEMENT MULTILATERALISM TRADE FACILITATION RULES OF ORIGIN (ROO) REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Agreements: REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP) TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (TTIP)

Authors: KATI SUOMINEN

Publishing Institution: THE E15 INITIATIVE

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