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The Doha BluesInstitutional Crisis and Reform in the WTO$
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Kent Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378825.001.0001

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Institutional Efficiency and Coherence in the Global Trading System

Institutional Efficiency and Coherence in the Global Trading System

(p.141) 6 Institutional Efficiency and Coherence in the Global Trading System
The Doha Blues

Kent Jones

Oxford University Press

The ability of developing countries to comply with the new requirements of trade liberalization is questioned because developing countries are known to lack trade and trade policy infrastructure. Coherence, in the context of trade liberalization, refers to the external support from both private and government organizations and agencies to advocate “aid for trade” programs, capacity-building endeavors, and other such measures that promote an improved trading system. The three areas in which support is required include: preparing new members of the WTO for accession; effective member representation in legal matters and trade negotiations; and the capability of members to act in accordance with the new governmental regulatory and technical capacity rules. With this, the chapter makes use of comparative advantage in analyzing coherence issues.

Keywords:   coherence, developing countries, WTO members, compliance, external support, trading system

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