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Patterns of free trade areas in Asia

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dc.contributor.author Kawai, Masahiro
dc.contributor.author Wignaraja, Ganeshan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-01T01:53:38Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-01T01:53:38Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/27153
dc.description For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a>
dc.description.abstract This monograph addresses Asia's rise in global free trade agreement (FTA) activity. This has sparked concerns about the erosion of the World Trade Organization (WTO) trading system and the Asian "noodle bowl" (multiple and possibly conflicting FTAs). The study identifies for policymakers how best to minimize the costs of FTAs while maximizing their benefits. It reexamines key trends and challenges in Asian FTAs and offers new information from analysis of FTAs, economic models, and firm surveys. This analysis supports strengthening business support for FTAs; rationalizing rules of origin and upgrading their administration; expanded coverage of agricultural and services trade; forging comprehensive "WTO-plus" agreements; and encouraging a region-wide FTA. The analysis suggests a bottom-up approach to global trade liberalization as a complement to WTO processes.
dc.format.extent 78 p.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Honolulu : East-West Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy studies ; 65
dc.subject.lcsh Free trade - East Asia
dc.subject.lcsh Small business - East Asia
dc.subject.lcsh East-Asia - Commercial policy
dc.subject.lcsh East-West Center
dc.subject.lcsh Financial crises - East Asia
dc.title Patterns of free trade areas in Asia
dc.type Report
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy Studies


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