Sector-Based Negotiations in APEC and the WTO
International Area Studies Review | Published : 2000
This paper looks at the APEC process of trade liberalisation and, in particular, at the Early Voluntary Sector Liberalisation approach to industrial trade liberalisation and facilitation. It also examines the GATTAVTO experience with sector-based negotiations. The experience in both APEC and the GATTAVTO is that sector-based negotiations make it more difficult to achieve trade-offs in negotiations. The paper finds that the EVSL proposal is very limited in its scope and likely benefits, and the experiment should not be repeated.