The WTO and preferential trade agreements: From co-existence to coherence.
The ever-growing number of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) is a prominent feature of international trade.
The World Trade Report 2011 describes the historical development of PTAs and the current landscape of agreements. It examines why PTAs are established, their economic effects, and the contents of the agreements themselves. Finally it considers the interaction between PTAs and the multilateral trading system.
Read the WTO 2011 PRESS RELEASES
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