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Published Date: Mar 5, 2000

Pakistans Trade and Environment Related Interests and Suggested Positions to be discussed at the Geneva WTO Ministerial Negotiations (P-26)

Faisal Haq Shaheen, SDPI

The increasing liberalization of the Multilateral Trading System along with other external factors continue to influence and shape Pakistan’s global economic position. Currently the Asian market ripple effects, increased imports and falling exports are the predominant trade factors. The cross cutting issue of trade and environment continues to be a hindrance for developing world efforts at gaining increased market access and will require close monitoring by Pakistan.  Fortunately for developing countries, the Northern environmental agenda was stopped at the Seattle ministerial by solid resistance from a unified South.  The reality, however, is that trade and environment issues will continue to be part of the agenda during the next and future round of WTO negotiations.

This policy brief summarizes relevant positions that Pakistan could articulate in future negotiations when responding to trade and environment issues.  While the intent of the paper is to outline external strategies that Pakistan could take, internal strategies will also be covered to a lesser degree in order to treat overlap and emphasize the need for inter agency and inter sectoral co operation.  It is hoped that a more co operative, research supported, phased and monitored approach to trade and environment issues will assist Pakistan and the developing world to integrate into the global economy while achieving sustainable development goals and objectives.