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Business Guide to the World Trading System

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This publication is a sequel to the highly successful Business Guide to the Uruguay Round.



It provides an overview of achievements of the Uruguay Round and the legal system established by it and explains the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This edition contains updates on new developments which have taken place since 1996. It also contains a new section on the six trade-related subject areas: trade and environment, trade and investment, competition policy, transparency in government and procurement, trade facilitation and electronic commerce. A thorough understanding of the World Trading System is critical to increasing the competitiveness of enterprises in Commonwealth countries. This publication will be an essential tool to the international business community and will help business leaders to better understand the implications of the WTO Agreements and how to apply the various provisions and rules to their day-to-day business decisions.



Published jointly by the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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Transparency in government procurement practices

As noted in chapter 18, the Agreement on Government Procurement negotiated in the Uruguay Round is a plurilateral Agreement. In other words, unlike the other associated Agreements, which are binding on all WTO Members, the Agreement is binding only on the countries that have acceded to it.

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