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By Constantine Michalopoulos

Globalization signifies that at the present time, greater than ever sooner than, development in constructing international locations and the relief of poverty depend upon global exchange and a good functioning buying and selling method. This quantity reports constructing international locations' exchange rules and associations, and the demanding situations they face on the planet exchange Organization—where the foundations that govern the foreign buying and selling method are set.

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Trade in services Data on trade in services are far less easy to obtain than data on merchandise trade. 5 Nonetheless it appears that the growth of world trade in services in the 1980s and 1990s was faster than that of goods. 7). Service imports by developing countries, on the other hand, grew slightly less than those by developed countries, and growth was poorer in the 1980s than in the 1990s. The regional growth patterns in services were similar to those in goods. 3 % * For de®nition of the country groupings see Appendix 1.

They did not have to liberalize their trade on a reciprocal basis in the context of multilateral trade negotiations. They could support their exports through subsidies, although they remained open to the risk of countervailing duties. They had preferential access to developed-country markets under the GSP. They had a new fund to support their commodity stabilization schemes. Yet all was not well with the international rules governing developingcountry trade. There were two main problems. First, access to developed- 30 Developing Countries in the WTO country markets was far more dif®cult than one might suspect given the existence of the GSP and the extensive reductions on tariffs on manufactures negotiated in previous GATT rounds.

While the Common Fund provided technical assistance to increase Trade and Development in GATT and the WTO 33 the productivity and supply response of countries producing primary products, no funds from its ®rst account were ever used to support bufferstock management of commodity agreements. As a consequence of the waning interest in the GSP and commodity stabilization, and of the emerging consensus that the liberalization of policies was more conducive to development, as well as the growing importance of reciprocal liberalization as a means of attaining greater market access, GATT's importance as an institution within which developing countries could pursue their trade objectives started to rise.

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