The Treatment of Agriculture in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) in the Americas
October 30 , 2009
co-organized with the Inter-American Development Bank
Tariff liberalization in regional trade agreements involving the agricultural sector has had considerable and measurable advances, extending beyond provisions set by the World Trade Organization, according to a newly released study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The findings are in the working paper The Treatment of Agriculture in Regional Trade Agreements in the Americas, written by IDB experts Juliana Almeida, Matthew Shearer and research fellow Carlos Gutierrez Jr., which was presented during a seminar on Oct. 30 at the headquarters of the Bank. The paper analyzes with great detail the rules and commitments in several regional trade agreements and whether these have helped advance the multilateral agenda. The paper provides recommendations for countries on how to improve their level of commitments in the agricultural sector. These recommendations serve as examples for improving compatibility between the different regional commitments in which a country might be involved and its role on the broader multilateral stage. The paper benefitted from comments submitted by International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) members, in particular those of the IPC Working Group on Trade Negotiations: Carlos Perez del Castillo, Mike Gifford, Tim Josling, Marcelo Regúnaga, and Rolf Moehler, Jiro Shiwaku, and IPC Chief Executive Charlotte Hebebrand.
The Treatment of Agriculture in Regional Trade Agreements in the Americas
by Matthew Shearer, Juliana Salles Almeida, Carlos Gutierrez, Jr.