Committee On Regional Trade Agreements

Report on the Treatment of Medical Devices in Regional Trade Agreements (ATR) The Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (CRTA) is looking at some regional agreements and is also responsible for discussing the systemic impact of agreements on the multilateral trading system. The presidency is. Because they are inherently discriminatory, even if they are fully compliant with Article XXIV, THE ATRs could also encourage third countries to push for multilateral trade openings to reduce the level of discrimination they face. C. Fred Bergsten is one of the strongest proponents of regional negotiations as a positive global force through “competitive liberalization.” He argues that the NAFTA negotiations, combined with President Bill Clinton`s efforts to promote regional trade liberalization through the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation process, showed that the United States had alternatives to the GATT negotiations, thereby helping to complete the troubled Uruguayan cycle (1986-1993). 27 Others note that European integration efforts, although supported for foreign policy reasons, have repeatedly prompted US negotiators to seek multilateral liberalization under the aegis of the GATT. [The proposed policies] are primarily aimed at re-establishing multilateral trade … The basis of the policy before you is against bilateral trade and any discriminatory practice. Separate blocks and all the friction and loss of friendship they must bring are commodities that can be pushed into a hostile world where trade over vast territories has ceased to be cooperative and peaceful, and where healthy rules of mutual benefit and equal treatment are forgotten.

But I`m sure it`s crazy to prefer that. 3 The potential costs and opportunities of RTA from the WTO perspective have two aspects: the net impact on world trade and well-being and the political impact on the strength and credibility of the multilateral system itself. The main task of the WTO (and the previous GATT) is to promote freer world trade. But its role in establishing a multilateral system based on non-discrimination is at least equally important for smaller, mostly poorer developing countries, which would otherwise be exposed to the protectionist whims of larger, more powerful trading partners. In addition, the poorest countries are rarely invited to join economically important RTAs and may be at a disadvantage in important markets. However, at the end of the second decade of the 21st century, the two pillars of trade negotiation appear fragile. The Doha Round is dead, but not buried, blocking a new round of more recent negotiations. The TPP is moving forward, but without the United States, and the TTIP has disappeared for now.