August 12, 2003
Translation: FTAA Secretariat
FTAA – CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON SMALLER ECONOMIESPROJECTS OF THE GROUP ON SUBSIDIES,
ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES
Securing support for addressing issues such as the application of antidumping
measures, the interaction between trade and competition policy, a public
interest clause in a general sense, and specifically in the framework of the
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), is of the utmost importance for the
Dominican Republic, since such support would contribute to these topics being
dealt with in all their breadth and thereby benefit Dominican negotiators.
- Project Title
Workshop-Seminar on Managing Antidumping Measures, a Comparative Analysis of
Antidumping Measures in Regional Agreements among the Countries of the FTAA.
Course on Identifying the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy.
Studies have, for some time, been conducted on the relationship between
competition policy and antidumping measures. In fact, the World Trade
Organization (WTO) is currently conducting one such study. Nevertheless, we must
move beyond mere studies to a framework of rules within which to pursue the
negotiations, including cost-benefit analyses on the public interest and other
topics. The aim is to explore ways to improve the application of antidumping
measures in the Western hemisphere. Such efforts should also examine which
regional agreements have prohibited antidumping measures and those which allow
their members to apply such measures.
One of the primary objectives of the Dominican Republic and the negotiators of
the Negotiating Group on Subsidies, Antidumping and Countervailing Duties is to
delve further into these topics, the better to gain an understanding the
arguments both in favor of and against applying antidumping measures and
countervailing duties, as well as analytical perspectives on antidumping, the
principles governing competition policy, the development in the use of
antidumping measures, the public-interest clause, the replacement of antidumping
measures with competition policy, categories of dumping, and the application or
non-application of antidumping measures in the Western Hemisphere and in certain
- Objectives of the project:
To provide the members of the Negotiating Group on Subsidies, Antidumping and
Countervailing Duties with the expertise, capacity, and tools needed to meet the
challenges of current and future negotiations.
- Inputs: resources needed for the project
Specialized technical assistance
Training of negotiators of the Group on Subsidies, Antidumping and
Countervailing Duties (NGADCV)
- Expected Results
More training, and expertise for, the members of the Negotiating Group on
Subsidies, Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, which will stand the Dominican
Republic in good stead for its future negotiations.
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