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Author Upendra Das, R.

Title Regional trade and economic integration : analytical insights and policy options / Ram Upendra Das, Piyadasa Edirisuriya, Anoop Swarup
Published Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 231 pages :) : illustrations
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction. 1.1. India's trade policy reforms. 1.2. Rationale. 1.3. Scope -- ch. 2. Regional economic agreements of India: status, potential, and some experiences. 2.1. Experience gained from implementation -- ch. 3. The economics of regional integration and analytical insights from negotiations. 3.1. Economic rationale of regional integration. 3.2. Analytical insights from negotiations -- ch. 4. Empirical estimation of economic and welfare gains. 4.1. Computable general equilibrium modeling estimates (GTAP simulations). 4.2. Effects of tariff reduction and trade facilitation. 4.3. Bilateral FTA -- ch. 5. Policy implementation issues in regional trading arrangements. 5.1. Circumvention. 5.2. Improving implementation -- ch. 6. Issues for further negotiations. 6.1. Non-tariff barriers. 6.2. Major categories of non-tariff measures and related policies. 6.3. Trade in services. 6.4. Investment cooperation. 6.5. Trade facilitation -- ch. 7. Conclusion
Summary The Asia-Pacific region has emerged as a dominant player in trade and will continue to be an influential pole of world trade and economics, with the center of gravity shifting to this region. This book presents analytical insights into the various regional and bilateral trade agreements (RTAs) and their beneficial effects on bilateral trade and development. It provides an incisive analysis and a roundup of all major RTAs and also presents an overview of all major agreements between the countries involved, which might propel their trade flows and influence future economic engagements. The book in a novel way also discusses possible obstacles that are encountered during the implementation of RTAs and circumvention routes, once those taken into account could ensure the successful execution of the agreements. The book dwells on the issues of regionalism and multilateralism with reference to General Agreements on Trade and Tariffs and World Trade Organisation, which have revolutionized the trade dynamics by opening up new areas of trade-rules and formulating specific policy guidelines for the member countries to adhere to during trade negotiations. The book also provides new insights into some of the issues of negotiations such as sensitive lists, trade and investment cooperation, including trade in services, rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, anti-dumping etc. The book also focuses on policy instruments that could convert trade gains to development gains. The existing economic cooperation arrangements in the region as well as those that are at various stages of study and negotiations, empirical insights and policy suggestions are elucidated in detail
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Free trade -- Asia.
Free trade -- Pacific Area.
Asia -- Commercial treaties.
Pacific Area -- Commercial treaties.
Genre/Form Commercial treaties.
Form Electronic book
Author Edirisuriya, Piyadasa.
Swarup, Anoop.
ISBN 9789814374613 (e-book)
981437461X (e-book)