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The pursuits of the research are to map and examine current alternate agreements within the area and their product assurance, rather agricultural items, in addition to linked tariff and non-tariff obstacles and to derive implications and suggestions and instructions for exchange coverage negotiations. It comprises either quantitative and qualitative analyses of liberalization efforts within the region of agricultural alternate, which happened in parallel to negotiations on agricultural exchange liberalization within the context of Doha improvement time table. It offers an updated, trustworthy account of preferential alternate in Asia with admire to agriculture. The examine additionally incorporates a assessment of agricultural reform in China.

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Mikic, 2006. “Freeing Trade in Asia-Pacific: Comparative analysis of bilateral and regional trade agreements”, presentation for ESCAP Development Seminar, 28 October (mimeograph). Bonapace, T. and M. Mikic, 2005. “Multilateralizing regionalism: Towards an integrated and outward-oriented Asia-Pacific economic area”, in Delivering of the WTO Round: A High-level Government Business Dialogue, Studies in Trade and Investment No. 56, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok; pp.

Overview of sectoral coverage by PTAs Number of agreements with provisions in 35 33 30 28 26 25 24 23 22 20 15 11 10 5 5 2 2 2 3 2 2 0 Labour mobility Competition Gov. procurement Services All agreements Source: Trade facilitation IPR Investment RTAs Compiled by the author from APTIAD, February 2007. , between two countries and between an established bloc and a country. It is mostly FTAs that venture beyond goods liberalization, except in investment where FAs feature, too. 20 C. Preferential trade and agriculture With regard to the coverage of goods liberalization, available empirical literature shows that most of the agreements focus on reducing or eliminating tariffs and other barriers to industrial goods or manufactures.

Agricultural trade in South Asia The structural changes during the 1980s and 1990s placed non-agricultural sectors of the SAEs in the driving seat of economic growth. Nevertheless, the SAEs have also achieved a considerable growth in agriculture during the past few decades. Although the share of agriculture in national outputs has been declining, agriculture and agricultural trade still play a very important role in the SAEs (table 2). Agriculture contributes to about 26 per cent of the regional gross domestic product (GDP), (ranging from 21 per cent in Maldives to 41 per cent in Nepal).

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