Discussions in the WTO on how to implement the Bali Agreement on Trade Facilitation are facing several challenges including firm requests by developing countries to exempt food security programs from unfair-competition penalties (see Wise and Capaldo’s recent article). In response, many international organizations have renewed their pledges to support the Agreement but their efforts appear either gravely insufficient or misdirected.
This brief also came out on the Third World Network's North South Development Monitor (SUNS) #7853 (Subscription required for access.)
Will the WTO fast-track trade at the expense of food security?, Timothy A. Wise and Jeronim Capaldo, Al Jazeera, July 24, 2014
Trade Hallucination: Risks of Trade Facilitation and Suggestions for Implementation, Jeronim Capaldo, GDAE Working Paper 14-01 June 2014
The Uncertain Gains from Trade Facilitation, Jeronim Capaldo, GDAE Policy Brief 13-02 December 2013
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