Is Technical Assistance under Free Trade Agreements WTO-Plus? A Review of Japan - ASEAN Economic Partnership Agreements

Date: November 2011
Type: Papers and Briefs
Series: Regional Economic Integration Working Papers
Author: Hamanaka, Shintaro


This paper assesses whether technical assistance obligations under free trade agreements (FTAs) are WTO-plus. By presenting a detailed textual analysis of World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements and several FTAs in Asia, the paper identifies how much additional technical assistance developing member countries can enjoy if they sign North - South FTAs with developed countries.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Types of WTO-Plus Technical Assistance Obligations under FTAs
  • Technical Assistance Provisions under WTO Agreements
  • Technical Assistance under Japan’s EPAs with ASEAN Member Countries
  • Conclusion and Implications on the Regionalism - Multilateralism Debate
  • References