Commentaries

Kennedy K. Mbekeani - Senior Research Fellow, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA). I. The problem in context      Participation in the WTO

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J. P. Singh - Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.I. The problem in context     

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1.    Having met in order to conclude the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, representatives of the governments and of the European Communities, members of the Trade Negotiations Committee, agree that the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (referred to in this Final Act as the "WTO Agreement"), the Ministerial Declarations and Decisions, and the Understanding on Commitments in Financial Services, as annexed hereto, embody the results of their negotiations and form an integral part of this Final Act.

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Phan Van Sam and Vo Thanh Thu* I. The problem in context      This paper focuses on showing how Viet Nam will meet its trading partners’ expectations that it will liberalize its economy through commercial legislation and regulatory changes and, more specifically, will liberalize its financial institutions and markets by the time of the country’s planned accession to the WTO in 2005.

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Rita Giacalone and Eduardo Porcarelli* I. The problem in context     The significant changes experienced by Venezuela in recent years have had an important impact on the structure and the position it has adopted in trade negotiations, especially in agricultural negotiations. These changes can be classified in three major areas: political, constitutional and institutional.

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Daniel Gay* I. The problem in context    The background to accession

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Soledad Salvador and Paola Azar (with the collaboration of Claudia Rucci)* I. The problem in context    

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