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Trade Policymaking in a Land-locked Developing Country: The WTO Review of Nepal

Sharma, Kishor (2015). Trade Policymaking in a Land-locked Developing Country: The WTO Review of Nepal. The World Economy,38(9):1335-1349.

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Title Trade Policymaking in a Land-locked Developing Country: The WTO Review of Nepal
Author Sharma, Kishor
Journal Name The World Economy
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 38
Issue Number 9
ISSN 0378-5920   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84941086864
Start Page 1335
End Page 1349
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Sandwiched between India in the south, east and west and the People's Republic of China in the north, Nepal is a small landlocked developing country. Its trade policy autonomy is constrained by land-lockedness and open border with India. Despite opening up the economy, it has not fully benefited from openness, perhaps partly due to poor governance and partly due to transit and customs-related problems. Although these are crucial issues for trade competitive, The Trade Policy Review of Nepal 2012 (TPRN-2012) is either very polite or lacks a comprehensive analysis on most of these. Since transit-related costs faced by landlocked developing countries can be substantial, just evaluating the progress made in liberalising tariffs and nontariff barriers can provide a distorted picture of the overall business climate. The future WTO review reports on these countries should have a separate section on transit-related issues to contribute to policy debate on the problems of landlocked developing countries. Despite this, the publication of TPRN-2012 is very timely given the emphasis placed in the current policy debate in the WTO and other international forums on the problems of landlocked developing countries.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12235   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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