Bilateralism and Development: Emerging Trade Patterns

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Drawing together a number of thought-provoking papers, Bilateralism and Development: Emerging Trade Patterns sets the framework for informed analysis of the spate of bilateral agreements that are currently being concluded in the context of stalled multilateral talks. It allows the reader to get a valuable perspective on the evolving trends of bilateral agreements - pre and post-establishment of the World Trade Organisation. Beginning with the premise that bilateralism is not a new phenomenon in the trade sphere, the analyses demonstrate that concurrent agreements outside the direct scope of the WTO can have both positive effects in terms of protecting developed domestic industries and distortive effects on the multilateral trading system, particularly with regards to developing countries trade opportunities. Bilateralism and Development: Emerging Trade Patterns addresses the fundamental issue of compatibility of such agreements with the WTO, draws parallels and contrasts these new concords which are now taking precedence over the traditional commodity specific agreements between trading partners.

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Veniana Qalo is currently an Economic Advisor with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and a registered Barrister and Solicitor in Fiji. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of the South Pacific; and a Masters in International Law and Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the World Trade Institute joint Universities of Neuchatel, Fribourg and Berne in Switzerland. She worked for six years with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji as a Research Assistant and Trade Policy Officer before joining the Commonwealth Secretariat in London in August 2004. Ms Qalo has written and published pieces on a range of trade and international law issues.

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