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The Implications of the Commitments of ESCWA Member Countries to Agreements of the World Trade Organization, European Partnership Agreements and the Great Arab Free Trade Area: Case Studies of Egypt and Jordan

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The decision of countries to enter into bilateral or regional trade arrangements is strategic in nature. Building on this fact and taking this perspective, the study aims at reviewing regional trade arrangements, discussing various forms of regional integration, tackling the legal framework of WTO that determines regional trade arrangements, undertaking a comparative analysis of the commitments under such arrangements, and drawing conclusions as to the trade arrangements that should be maintained. The study also aims at examining existing inter-Arab trade agreements as well as agreements ratified with countries outside the Arab region. The cases of Egypt and Jordan were highlighted owing to the fact that both countries have had extensive experience with respect to trade agreements.