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Global Economic Prospects 2005: Trade, Regionalism, and Development

Global Economic Prospects 2005

November 16, 2004 — The World Bank’s annual Report—Global Economic Prospects 2005: Trade, Regionalism and Development 2005, was launched on November 16, 2004. While the multilateral WTO talks remain mired in contentious debate, new bilateral and regional preferential trading arrangements are mushrooming all over the globe. The surge in regional trading arrangements prompts many questions that the report takes up:

  • what type of regional and bilateral arrangements are most beneficial -- and which types stifle development?
  • are these agreements inspire deeper integration that multilateral trade agreements cannot?
  • do they contribute to -- or detract from -- incentives for countries to engage in the multilateral Doha trade talks?

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Chapters

Overview: English | Español 

Chapter 1: Global Outlook and the Developing Countries 

Chapter 2 Regional Trade and Preferential Trading Agreements: A Global Perspective

Chapter 3 Regional Trade Agreements: Effects on Trade

Chapter 4 Beyond Trade Policy Barriers: Lowering Trade Cost Together

Chapter 5 Beyond Merchandise Trade: Services, Investments, Intellectual Property, and Labor Mobility

Chapter 6 Making Regionalism Complementary to Multilateralism

Regional Highlights

East Asia and Pacific: English
Europe and Central Asia: English
Latin American and the Caribbean: English | Español
Middle East and North Africa: English | العربية | Français
South Asia: English
Sub-Saharan Africa: English | Français 

Full Regional Appendix: English




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