Developing Countries in the World Trading System

Developing Countries in the World Trading System

The Uruguay Round and Beyond

Edited by Ramesh Adhikari and Prema-chandra Athukorala

The book examines the achievements of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations in reforming the world trading system and the challenges to future reforms. It begins with an overview of the genesis of the world trading system and moves on to examine the key issues as they relate to developing countries. These include further liberalization of agricultural trade; abolition of the Multifibre Arrangement; environmental and labour standards; competition policy; regional integration in South East Asia; and the implications for developing Asian countries of the liberalization of the Chinese economy and its WTO membership. Furthermore, the book discusses the links between trade liberalization and poverty reduction – drawing on the experience of Asian countries – and puts forward arguments on how trade liberalization could effect a greater reduction in poverty.


Edited by Ramesh Adhikari and Prema-chandra Athukorala

Subjects: business and management, international business, development studies, development economics, law and development, economics and finance, development economics, international economics, law - academic, law and development


First of all we are most grateful to the contributors to this volume for their discerning papers and for patiently complying with our tight editorial timetable. We also acknowledge with gratitude the encouragement provided by S.B. Chua, Naoki Kajiyama, M.G. Quibria, Grant Stillman and Masaru Yoshitomi of the Asian Development Bank Institute. Finally, we thank Alice Faintich for a great editorial job on the manuscript. Views expressed in this volume are the authors’ own and do not necessarily represent the views of the organizations they belong to. Ramesh Adhikari Prema-chandra Athukorala xi

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