WTO and Regional Trade Negotiation Outcomes Quantitative Assessments of Potential Implications on Bangladesh

Despite being somewhat paradoxical, the world has in recent times witnessed ambitious multilateral trade negotiations along with a proliferation of regional trading blocs. Almost all countries are now involved in both types of trading arrangements, with Bangladesh actively participating in several important trade talks under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) alongside its commitments to the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA).

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About The Author

Abdur Razzaque

Abdur Razzaque With a Ph D from the University of Sussex, Dr Abdur Razzaque is a faculty member of the Department of Economics at Dhaka University, who is currently on leave and with the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK, as an Economic Adviser. Dr Razzaque’s most recent publications include several chapters in a book titled Commodity prices and Development (published by Oxford University Press: UK), a chapter in WTO at the Margins (published by Cambridge University Press: UK), an edited volume, Global Rice Trade Liberalisation: Implications for South Asian Countries (published by Commonwealth Secretariat and Academic Foundation) and two other edited volumes (with Selim Raihan): WTO and Regional Trade Negotiations outcomes : Potential Implications on Bangladesh and Trade and Industrial policy Environment in Bangladesh with special Reference to some Non-traditional Export Sectors (both published by Pathak Shamabesh). Dr Razzaque has also done research on poverty and labour issues, and is a co-author of the book Documenting the Undocumented : Female Migrant workers from Bangladesh (Pathak Shamabesh). Dr Razzaque has contributed to research projects commissioned by, amongst others, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh Institute of Development studies (BIDS), Commonwealth secretariat, International Development Research centre (IDRC), CUTS International, ILO, Planning commission of Bangladesh, UNCTAD, UNDP, and world Bank. He has also presented his works in various national and international conferences and workshops.

Selim Raihan

Effective trade negotiations partly depend on a priori assessments of possible negotiation outcomes. As such, it is very important to provide the policymakers and trade negotiators with informed inputs on the potential implications of negotiating issues. Since trade negotiations comprise subject matters of conflicting interests-often amongst countries at comparable levels of development that otherwise share and support similar views and positions-only country-specific objective analyses based on appropriate research methods can inform the negotiators in the best possible way. This book is an endeavour in that direction. It focuses on some of the major issues in the on-going multilateral and regional trade negotiations, and employs state-of-the-art analytical tools to empirically assess their likely implications for Bangladesh. While the analyses and results presented would be useful for policymakers and trade negotiators, this volume would also be of interest to trade analysts involved in empirical research.


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