Economics and Trade in Goods: An Introduction: An ADB-ITD Training Module for the Greater Mekong Subregion

Publication | November 2009

This training material aims to strengthen officials' and experts' understanding of the trade barriers that affect trade in goods and the economic determinants of such trade; proposals made in different forums to reform border policies affecting trade in goods and the analysis of those proposals, with a particular focus on the strategic questions raised by regional trade agreements; and particular challenges facing trade policy makers in the Greater Mekong Subregion. This publication emphasizes the practicalities of these policy questions, including negotiating tactics and economic analysis.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Strategies for Regional Trade Agreements: A Practical Introduction for Government Officials
    • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • Characterizing Regional Trade Agreements
    • The Rationales for Negotiating Regional Trade Agreements
    • Identification of Potential Regional Trade Agreement Partners
    • Evaluation of Regional Trade Agreements
    • Concluding Remarks
  • References
  • Appendix