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Ukraine’s WTO Accession

Challenge for Domestic Economic Reforms

Burakovsky, Ihor, Handrich, Lars, Hoffmann, Lutz (Eds.)

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2004, XIV, 252 p. 33 illus., 35 tabs.

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Lars Handrich German Advisory Group on Economic Reforms with the Ukrainian Government 1 Ukraine on the way to WTO membership The first announcements by Ukraine to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) were made in 1993. In the following year the Working group on Ukraine's accession was established. But successive Ukrainian governments had to sideline the issue of WTO accession, as the country went through a decade of unprecedented and severe economic decline. Only in the year 2000 the Ukrainian economy started to achieve positive real economic growth. Since then Ukraine embarked on a stable path of economic growth and continues to grow even under conditions ofa sluggish world economy and protectionist reflexes in some ofUkraine's export markets. According to the macroeconomic forecast of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting Ukrainian GDP will grow by 5,4% in 2003 in real terms and by 5,I% 1 in 2004. For Ukraine WTO accession is of special importance. Ukraine records an extremely high exports-to-GDP ratio of over 60% - almost twice the ratio for Germany.' The large ratio and the little diversified structure ofUkraine's imports and exports make Ukraine seriously vulnerable to external shocks resulting from changes in trade regimes. Joining the WTO, trade among WTO members amounting to more then 90% of world trade, could reduce the risks related to external trade and Ukraine could derive substantial economic and hence welfare benefits from the membership in WTO.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Agricultural Policies - Economics in Transition - Export - Import - Trade Liberalisation - Transition Countries - Ukraine - WTO - World Trade Organization - competition - competition policy - economic policy - trade policy - transition

Related subjects » Economic Policy - European Integration - International Economics / European Integration - Regional / Spatial Science

Table of contents 

1 Ukraine’s Commitment to Become Member of the WTO.- 2 Towards Membership in the World Trade Organization.- 3 Ukraine and the WTO: Possible Membership Implications.- 4 The Benefit of Joining WTO.- 5 The Legislative Process and WTO Accession.- 6 The Importance of WTO Consistent Policies.- 7 Ukraine and the WTO - the Current State of Bilateral Negotiations and Potential Membership Implications.- 8 Accession of Ukraine to the WTO: New Challenges for Economic Reforms.- 9 WTO Accession and Related Trade Strategies: Lessons for Ukraine.- 10 Quantitative Analysis of Implications of Russia’s Accession to the WTO.- 11 Implementation of WTO Regulatory Rules in Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities.- 12 Effects of WTO Accession on Policy-making in Sovereign States: Preliminary Lessons from the Recent Experience of Transition Countries.- 13 Trade and Competition in the WTO: New Issues for Ukraine.- 14 The Problem of Subsidisation of the Industrial Sector through the Energy Sector: Lessons for Ukraine from the Russian and Romanian Case.- 15 Will WTO Membership Really Improve Market Access for Ukrainian Exports?.- 16 Ukraine’s Accession to WTO and the Agricultural Sector.- 17 The Doha Round: A New Agreement on Agriculture?.- 18 Forces Shaping the Outlook for World Grain Markets.- 19 The Implications of WTO-Accession for Ukrainian Agricultural Policy.- The Authors.- Tables.- Figures.

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