Doha round / Governments should remove trade barriers unilaterally

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Position: Governments should remove trade barriers unilaterally

This position addresses the topic Doha round.

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Quotes-start.png "Obviously, the U.S. government is not the only party at fault here. Europe, too, has been loath to open its cultural and agricultural industries to competition. But we don't need permission from Brussels to reduce our farm subsidies and other trade-distorting policies. Indeed, most Americans would benefit from the change." Quotes-end.png
From Doomsday for Doha, by Jesse Walker (Reason, July 28, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "The conclusion for trade ministers and their heads of government should be clear. The only two kinds of trade liberalisation that regularly and predictably have significant effects are unilateral (do-it-yourself) and multilateral (get everyone to do it)." Quotes-end.png
From Multilateral muscle needed for Doha deal, by Financial Times editorial board (Financial Times, January 3, 2007) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Economic analysis has found repeatedly that the benefits from removing trade barriers unilaterally are vastly greater than from negotiating them away – even when negotiations succeed. That is no mere theory. China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Chile and, to a lesser extent, India have put it into practice and reaped rich economic dividends." Quotes-end.png
From Do-it-yourself is free trade’s best ‘plan B’, by Guy de Jonquières (Financial Times, August 23, 2006) (view)

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