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Developing Intra-regional Exchanges through the Abolition of Commercial and Tariff Barriers / L’abolition des barrières commerciales et tarifaires dans la région de l’Océan indien

Myth or Reality? / Mythe ou réalité ?


Stéphanie Rohlfing-Dijoux

This book is related to the development of intraregional commercial exchanges in the region of the Indian Ocean. This issue is addressed from an economic as well as from a legal point of view. The contributions, in English and French, aim to present an overview of the economic, customs-related, technical, legal and cultural restraints that hinder the creation of a free trading area.

Cet ouvrage est consacré au développement des échanges commerciaux intrarégionaux dans la région de l’Océan Indien. Cette question est examinée sous un angle politique, économique et juridique. Les différentes contributions, en anglais et en français, visent à établir un état des lieux des freins économiques, douaniers, techniques, juridiques et culturels à la création d’un espace de libre échange.

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SPS Measures: Friend or Foe of International Trade in Small Island Developing States (Varsha Mooneram)


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SPS Measures: Friend or Foe of International Trade in Small Island Developing States


SPS measures is not a new or hot issue, however, for all countries of the world involved in international trade, these measures remain of utmost importance as they relate to the basic concerns of any government namely agriculture, food security and health. The pro-SPS measures literature claims that these measures aim at protecting human, animal and plant life and health. On the other side, it is affirmed that these measures are protectionist measures towards foreign goods and they are tagged as a barrier to trade.

The Agreement propounds fundamental principles like equivalence, transparency, adequate level of protection (ALOP), inter alia. This article aims at providing an analysis of the legal requirements set out under the SPS Agreement in order to establish whether the legal requirements favor or discourage trade.

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