Trade Agreements and the World Trade Organization: Lessons for the Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises Joint Statement Initiative

By Loly A. Gaitán G. on August 31, 2020

This paper examines the provisions that relate to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, considering what these may mean for discussions underway in an Informal Working Group on MSMEs that was established in December 2017. The paper reviews general rule-making trends and analyzes specific provisions. It also includes a dedicated section noting the interaction between such provisions and gender considerations and provisions. The author then considers the discussions under the Informal Working Group on MSMEs in relation to other Joint Statement Initiatives that were also launched in December 2017, where applicable. The paper concludes with key takeaways from the analysis for the Informal Working Group and others to consider.

This material has been produced with funding by UK aid from the UK Government. The Umbrella Grant is a project of the Trade and Investment Advocacy Fund (TAF2+) and is implemented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, in consortium with CUTS International, Geneva; BKP Economic Advisors; and InterAnalysis. These papers benefited from the review of our editorial oversight committee, including Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Rashid Kaukab, Julien Grollier, Julian Mukiibi, Soledad Leal Campos, Rashmi Jose, Susan Joekes, and Sofía Baliño.

Views expressed in the publication are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect HM Government’s official positions or those of TAF2+.

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