The Burden of Sub-Saharan African Own Commitments in the Uruguay Round: Myth or Reality?
32 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006
Date Written: May 1995
The paper reviews Sub-Saharan Africa`s (SSA) (i) own market access commitments in the Uruguay Round, and (ii) the nature of the constraints on SSA policies set by the Uruguay Round. It concludes that SSA failed to use the Uruguay Round to lock domestic reforms to an international anchor. Apart from South Africa, most SSA countries made few substantial liberalization commitments on border protection. The new rules set few immediate constraints on SSA policies as developing countries benefit from long and extendable transition periods. The main impact of the new rules will be increased transparency of policies from increased notification requirements. Further trade liberalization will have to rely on unilateral initiatives.
JEL Classification: F13, F14
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