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

Publication | November 2009
Economics and Trade in Goods: An Introduction: An ADB-ITD Training Module for the Greater Mekong Subregion

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