Teaching Material on Regional Trade Agreements
MODULE 1 - REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
A general introduction to regional trade agreements (RTAs) by looking at different types of agreements, the reasons for accession, the trends in the area and what needs to be evaluated when planning to enter into an RTA.
MODULE 2 - ECONOMIC THEORY AND REGIONAL TRADE INTEGRATION
Review of the literature on the economic effects of regional integration. The analysis of RTAs has traditionally been a branch of international trade theory. This approach has tended to lead to rather pessimistic conclusions about the potential impact of regional integration. More recently however economists have sought to identify deeper economy-wide effects of regional integration, including the broader geographical sense of “regional” effects. This leads to a conclusion that traditional trade theory alone cannot easily pin down the costs and benefits of regional integration.
MODULE 3 - INTERFACE BETWEEN RTAS AND WTO
The relationship between most-favored nation (MFN) principles and the exceptions from MFN accorded for RTAs. On the one hand WTO agreements grant unconditional most-favored nation rights to all WTO members for goods (GATT Article I) and for services (GATS Article II). One the other hand, GATT Article XXIV and GATS Article V provide rights for members to engage in RTAs that allow them to exchange preferential treatment that is not accorded to all other WTO members.
MODULE 4 - NEGOTIATING A REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENT: KEY ISSUES AND FEATURES
Outline of the main features of regional trade agreement negotiations and examination of how a developing country government can best prepare for regional trade negotiations. Key substantive issues for consideration when negotiating a regional trade agreement from a developing country perspective.
MODULE 5 - PRACTICAL REGIONAL TRADE ANALYSIS: USING INTERNATIONAL DATABASES TO ANALYSE REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS
A guide to using publicly available data sources for analyzing regional integration agreements using an approach which has been developed at the University of Sussex and referred to as the “Sussex Framework."
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University of Nairobi, School of Economics (2009)
Cairo University - Faculty of Economics and Political Science (2009)
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Higher School of Economics (2009)
St. Petersburg State University (2009)
Makerere University Business School (2009)
Universidad de Chile (Español) (2009)
Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina (2010)
University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Tanzania (2012)
University of Zimbabwe (2013)
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2015)
Covenant University, Nigeria (2015)