Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities  UNCTAD UNCTAD's Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Short courses for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Trade agreements between developing and developed countries

Palais des Nations, Geneva
April 16, 2010


Bilateral trade agreements (BTAs) and regional trade agreements (RTAs) have proliferated worldwide to become a prominent feature of today's trading environment. While RTAs have become increasingly powerful in liberalizing trade in goods and services, BTAs are flourishing between developed countries, and between developed and developing countries. A key policy challenge for developing countries that negotiate RTAs and BTAs is to maximize the beneficial effects of such processes for development. Another is to ensure coherence in the approach amid the bilateral, regional, interregional and multilateral processes.

Delivered by: Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities


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