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Paper 51 – NAMA Negotiations in the WTO and Preference Erosion: Concerns of Bangladesh and Other Regional LDCs

Contributors: Mustafizur Rahman and Wasel Bin Shadat Publication Period: September 2005 This paper attempts to make an estimate about the range of preferential erosion for Bangladesh given her current trade pattern and preferential treatment enjoyed by her exports. The paper finds that for Bangladesh, the preferential erosion could be substantial …

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Paper 50 – Contribution of the RMG Sector to the Bangladesh Economy

Contributors: Debapriya Bhattacharya, Mustafizur Rahman and Ananya Raihan Publication Period: October 2002 The study attempts to quantify the very role that RMG plays in the economy of Bangladesh. It also attempts to quantify the contribution of the RMG sector in the social metamorphosis of the country, such as women empowerment, …

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Paper 49 – Road to Hong Kong Ministerial of the WTO: Anticipating the “First Approximations” from Bangladesh Perspective

Contributors: Debapriya Bhattacharya, Mustafizur Rahman, Uttam Kumar Deb, Fahmida Khatun and Ananya Raihan Publication Period: May 2005 The paper makes an analysis of the state of play of negotiations at the WTO under the Doha Round as of May 2005. The paper takes stock of the emerging trends in various …

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Paper 48 – Preferential Market Access in the Canadian Market: Maximising Benefits for Bangladesh

Contributor: May Yeung Publication Period: June 2005 The study explored the Canadian initiative that granted duty-free and quota-free market access facility for the LDCs, under the LDC-friendly rules of origin (at 25 per cent local value addition), identified opportunities for Bangladeshi products in the Canadian market, and highlighted the challenges …

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Paper 47 – Liberalising Trade in Services: Negotiating Strategy for Bangladesh

Contributor: Ananya Raihan Publication Period: March 2005 The report presents an analysis of a number of key issues in the context of the ongoing WTO negotiations on GATS from the perspective of Bangladesh’s interests and concerns. The study presents an overview of the current state of negotiations, and analyses the …

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Bangladesh in the Global Trade Regime: Labour, Environment, Agriculture, Export and Trade Negotiations

The volume is a compendium of eight articles that reflects the dynamics of Bangladesh’s external sector as it strives to address the demands of an increasingly competitive global market. The volume brings together a number of recent writings on related themes by professionals at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). …

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Paper 46 – WTO General Council Decision of July 31, 2004: Interpreting from Bangladesh Perspective

Contributors: Mustafizur Rahman and Ananya Raihan Publication Period: January 2005 The paper looks at the salient features of the July 31 Text. It identifies the departure from the Cancun Draft Text (Progression or Regression) from an LDC perspective, and put forward some suggestions as regards issues which Bangladesh could pursue …

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Paper 45 – Dispute Settlement in the WTO: How Friendly is it for the LDC

Contributor: Dennis Browne Publication Period: January 2005 The paper looks at the possibilities of LDC Members of the WTO to rely upon its dispute settlement provisions to gain the benefits they reasonably believe should accrue from their participation in the organisation. Part I of the paper reviews the evolution of …

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Paper 44 – The New Japanese GSP Schemes for LDCs and Bangladesh’s Export Opportunities

Contributors: Debapriya Bhattacharya, Mustafizur Rahman and Ananya Raihan Publication Period: October 2004 This paper makes an analysis of the potential implications of the market access initiative of Japan under the New GSP Scheme. The paper identifies products which receive preferential market access in the Japanese market and addresses key supply-side …

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Paper 43 – The EU-EBA Initiative: Market Access Implications and Potential Benefits for Bangladesh

Contributors: Debapriya Bhattacharya, Mustafizur Rahman and Ananya Raihan Publication Period: October 2004 The study was conducted by the CPD with a view to strategically analyse Bangladesh’s trade potentials in the context of the EU-EBA initiative, which replaced the previous EC-GSP scheme. The paper reviews the major features of the new …

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Paper 42 – Changing Women’s Roles in Homestead Management: Mainstreaming Women in Rural Development

Contributors: Thelma R Paris, Alamgir Chowdhury and Manik Lal Bose Publication Period: July 2004 This paper has been prepared as part of CPD’s advocacy activities with the IRRI under the PETRRA project and was presented at the dialogue on Women’s Contribution to Rural Economic Activities: Making the Invisible Visible. It …

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Paper 41 – Nature and Impact of Women’s Participation in Economic Activities in Rural Bangladesh: Insights from Household Surveys

Contributors: Mahabub Hossain and Manik Lal Bose Publication Period: July 2004 This paper has been prepared as part of CPD’s ongoing agricultural policy research. The paper was presented at the dialogue on Women’s Contribution to Rural Economic Activities: Making the Invisible Visible. It presents some empirical evidences of recent changes …

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