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Fair rules in international trade

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Background: The world trade system

The globalisation process is gradually cutting the ground away from under pure­ly national eco­nom­ic and trade policies oriented to domestic mar­kets. Tech­no­log­i­cal pro­gress in the fields of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­duc­tion are opening up bor­ders be­tween coun­tries. This is especially evident in the case of 'trans­port­able' services such as soft­ware de­vel­op­ment. Practically any location in the world can be con­sidered as a potential pro­duc­tion site or sales market. more


What Germany is doing: Fair rules in international trade

The aim of the Ger­man gov­ern­ment's de­vel­op­ment policy is to help esta­blish a stable and socially re­spon­si­ble world eco­nom­ic order. An open, fair trade sys­tem that is based on firm rules and that does not dis­cri­mi­nate against devel­op­ing coun­tries is an integral part of the 'global partner­ship' whose esta­blish­ment is one of the eight goals set out in the Mil­len­nium Declaration. more


Further information on world trade

The following list contains links to a selection of documents and websites with further information on world trade. more


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