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Alternative Special and Differential Arrangements for Small Economies

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Small states face particular problems in integrating into the world economy. These stem from diseconomies of scale and scope, but are often exacerbated by isolation and high transport costs. However, their efforts to obtain special and differential treatment analogous to (but not necessarily identical to) that received by least developed countries have been resisted by both developed and developing countries. This study considers alternative ways of achieving this goal. Although the special problems of small economies are receiving greater attention from the international community, problems still remain. By suggesting alternatives to traditional differential treatment, Dr Davenport’s study will generate much interest both among donors and with small states.

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Conclusions

This study has covered a lot of ground, albeit without going into the some of the issues raised in great detail. The task was to undertake a preliminary investigation of the possible role of the de minimis principle in the granting of SDT to small states as regards both market access and WTO disciplines. Those states' own proposals for SDT have not been well received by other developing countries or by the developed world.

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