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Paper 66 – Current WTO Negotiations under Doha Round: Insights from CPD’s Geneva Tracking Mission

Contributors: Mustafizur Rahman, Uttam Kumar Deb, Fahmida Khatun and Khondaker Golam Moazzem Publication Period: March 2008 The paper is the output of a Tracking Mission to Geneva by the senior CPD researchers. The paper makes an analysis of the state of play of negotiations at the WTO under the Doha …

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Paper 64 – BCIM Economic Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges

Contributors: Mustafizur Rahman, Habibur Rahman and Wasel Bin Shadat Publication Period: September 2007 This study is an attempt to explore the potentials for expanding trade and investment under the ambit of sub-regional cooperation comprising four contiguous countries of Eastern South Asia, which includes the two fast growing economies – India …

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Paper 62 – Bangladesh Apparels Export to the US Market: An Examination of Her Competitiveness vis-à-vis China

Contributors: Mustafizur Rahman and Asif Anwar Publication Period: September 2006 The rise of China has major repercussions for a country such as Bangladesh which has emerged as an important player in the global apparels market. This paper studies the impact and implications of competition from China at country level, especially …

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Paper 61 – Trade Potentials in SAFTA: An Application of Augmented Gravity Model

Contributors: Mustafizur Rahman, Wasel Bin Shadat and Narayan Chandra Das Publication Period: December 2006 The present paper investigates the trade creation and trade diversion effects of a number of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), with special focus on the SAFTA, by using a gravity model. Apart from the traditional gravity variables, …

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Paper 60 – The Hong Kong Declaration and Agriculture: Implications for Bangladesh

Contributors: Uttam Kumar Deb and Narayan Chandra Das Publication Period: May 2006 This paper reviews the developments in the WTO negotiation on agriculture in the light of the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration. It has critically analysed the decisions and negotiating proposals adopted through the Declaration. The paper has quantified potential …

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Paper 59 – Business Competitiveness Environment in Bangladesh (2005): Domestic Perceptions and Global Comparison

Contributors: Debapriya Bhattacharya, Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Kazi Mahmudur Rahman and Syed Saifuddin Hossain Publication Period: May 2006 The paper analyses business competitiveness situation in Bangladesh by evaluating the major growth-impeding factors. It presents a comparative analysis of the changes in growth and business competitiveness between Bangladesh and a set of …

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Paper 58 – Increasing the Market Access for Agricultural Products from Bangladesh to the EU

Contributor: Jorge Nufiez Ferrer Publication Period: April 2006 This paper analyses the present developments and future prospects for increased agricultural trade for Bangladesh with the EU. It also analyses in detail the export trends for major agricultural products from Bangladesh and other countries in the region to look for any …

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Paper 56 – Bangladesh 2020: An Analysis of Growth Prospect and External Sector Behaviour

Contributors: Debapriya Bhattacharya and Uttam Kumar Deb Publication Period: January 2006 This study has analysed the trend, structure and changing features of the external sector of Bangladesh, based on the past performance and changes in the global economy. The paper has also put forward the implications of the findings for …

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Paper 55 – State of the Bangladesh Economy in FY06: Early Signals and Immediate Outlook

Contributor: Debapriya Bhattacharya Publication Period: January 2006 This report has been prepared as part of CPD’s ongoing assessment of macroeconomic performance of Bangladesh under CPD’s programme titled Independent Review of Bangladesh’s Development (IRBD). Based on data and information on the dynamics of major macroeconomic variables during July-December 2005, the analysis …

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Paper 54 – Delivering on the PRSP in Bangladesh: An Analysis of the Implementation Challenges

Contributor: Debapriya Bhattacharya Publication Period: November 2005 This paper analyses the implementation challenges facing the Bangladesh poverty reduction strategy as articulated in the document Unlocking the Potential: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction. The paper seeks to identify issues which warrant close scrutiny from the perspective of efficient and effective …

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Paper 53 – Agriculture in WTO July Package: Issues and Concerns for Bangladesh

Contributor: Uttam Kumar Deb Publication Period: September 2005 This paper reviews the state of negotiations as regards agriculture and the developments in the context of the July Package. The paper also brings out the major points of contentions and analyses possible impacts of various negotiating proposals for Bangladesh’s agricultural sector …

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Paper 52 – Least Developed Countries in Trade Negotiations: Planning Process and Information Needs

Contributor: Debapriya Bhattacharya Publication Period: September 2005 This paper highlights the importance of information in the context of the growing involvement of LDCs in trade negotiations. It provides an overview of the negotiation process, emphasising the importance of planning. Based on a review of the relevant literature, the steps involved …

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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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