Developing Country Agriculture and the New Trade Agenda

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Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

Date Written: May 1999

Abstract

In the new round of World Trade Organization talks expected in late 1999, negotiations about access to agricultural and services markets should be given top priority, but new trade agenda issues should also be discussed.

Including new trade agenda issues would increase market discipline's role in the allocation of resources in agriculture and would encourage nonagricultural groups with interests in the new issues to take part in the round, counterbalancing forces favoring agricultural protection.

A new round of World Trade Organization negotiations on agriculture, services, and perhaps other issues is expected in late 1999. To what extent should those negotiations include new trade agenda items aimed at ensuring that domestic regulatory policies do not discriminate against foreign suppliers

Hoekman and Anderson argue that negotiations about market access should be given priority, as the potential welfare gains from liberalizing access to agricultural (and services) markets are still huge, but new issues should be included too.

Including new trade agenda issues would increase the role of market discipline in the allocation of resources in agriculture and would encourage nonagricultural groups with interests in the new issues to take part in the round, counterbalancing forces in favor of agricultural protection.

They also argue, however, that rule-making efforts to accommodate the new issues should be de-linked from negotiations about access to agricultural markets, because the issues affect activity in all sectors.

This paper - a product of the Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to analyze options and priorities for developing countries in the run-up to a new round of WTO negotiations.

Suggested Citation

Hoekman, Bernard and Anderson, Kym, Developing Country Agriculture and the New Trade Agenda (May 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=569201

Bernard Hoekman (Contact Author)

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

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Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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