Economic Diplomacy: Essays And Reflections By Singapore's Negotiators

Economic Diplomacy: Essays And Reflections By Singapore's Negotiators

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Singapore, a small Southeast Asian country with limited resources, transformed itself from a trading post to a successful, cosmopolitan nation with one of the most impressive growth rates in the world. Less well known, however, has been its role in regional and global trade negotiations. This book is a collection of sixteen essays written by a group of diplomats, policy-makers, and professors who became involved in international economic affairs, notably in GATT/WTO, regional and bilateral free trade negotiations. Here, they reveal their thoughts about the world economy and trading system, reflect on their experiences, and explain how they promoted national interests while advancing the global trade agenda. This book will appeal not only to professional diplomats, but to anyone interested in how international economic diplomacy works and Singapore's role and perspective as an open trading nation.
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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 616.89g
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • English
  • 9814324639
  • 9789814324632

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Singapore might be a very small country with limited resources, yet the Republic has proven its naysayers wrong time and again. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Republic's significant contributions to world trade negotiations. The individuals involved possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that few are privy to. This book stands testimony to their efforts.

It comprises essay contributions from around twenty writers in Singapore. The writers are primarily officials or former officials from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade & Industry, and the Attorney-General's Chambers who have been involved in GATT/WTO and free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations either from headquarters or at post in Geneva, as well as those who have been involved in WTO dispute panel proceedings. These essays contain the authors' reflections on their experiences in GATT/WTO and FTA negotiations, and the experiences of Singaporeans who have played a wider role in multilateral economic diplomacy.

A must-read for anyone interested in the process and dynamics of international economic diplomacy, as well as Singapore's unique role and perspective in trade negotiations.
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