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Lewis, Patsy
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
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Negotiating with unequal partners: Small states in the New Global Economy
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Paper Presented at Foundation for Development Cooperation Development Research Symposium South Pacific Futures and at th Fourth Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Research Conference: Development strategy and policy for small states in the context of global change, January 15-17, 2003, Barbados
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24 July 2002
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Women's College. University of Queensland. Queensland, Australia
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http:; www.cavehill.uwi.edu/salises/conferences/2003/Negotiatingwithunequalpartners.pdf
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Abstract
The author examines the trend of the development of regional integration schemes that embrace states of vastly differing resource endowments and stages of economic development. He discusses the challenges small states confront in managing these negotiating processes, especially in relation to human resources and in articulating a convincing case for recognition of differences arising from small size and lower levels resources. It presents the Commonwealth Caribbean and the difficulties it faces in negotiating, within the same time period, its participation in the Free Trade Areas of the Americas (FTAA), reciprocal economic partnership agreements with the EU, and a host of bi-lateral arrangements with countries within Latin America, as a case study of these issues. The author argues that, despite attempts to present a regional platform for these negotiations, in the establishment of the Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM), there is yet to be developed a well-defined vision of the special needs of these countries, reflected in a consistent approach to these various arrangements. The paper also addressed the need for consultation with growth that stand to be affected, and the ways in which such consultation had been attempted. While the paper draws heavily on the experiences of the Commonwealth Caribbean, its insights hold for other small states, including those of the South Pacific who are also negotiating free trade arrangements with large regional states.....
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