Policy Analysis

Promises Made, Promises Broken: Barriers to Northern markets hamper efforts of Southern countries to gain access

By Moeed Yusuf on December 13, 2005
The World Trade Organization's drive towards free trade will not happen until there is the removal of all barriers that hinder economic exchanges between countries. A major concern for developing countries has been gaining access to markets for their exports in the North. Although governments such as Canada, the United States and the EU, have agreed to work towards removing any barriers to entry, such promises have not resulted in any significant market access gains for much of the South.