HI 2

Graduation and progressive regulation

Trade regulation is confronted with diverging needs among developed, emerging and developing countries. While some rules are suitable for all, others need

differentiation. The work on Special and Differential Treatment of IP 3 in Phase 1

concluded that a doctrine of graduation and progressive regulation, linking rules and economic indicators, amounts to the most suitable path to address diverging needs.

The topic appears in all WPs, while most prominently in WP 6 on impact assessment and WP 4 on Trade, Development and Migration. All WPs are encouraged to face the issue and assess options for graduation and progressive regulation in their respective fields, besides variable geometry, progressive liberalization and the option of plurilateral agreements within the WTO.

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