This paper introduces an alternative free trade agreement framework to promote fast economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries (DCs). This new scheme for free trade agreements is called “ the micro-free trade territory (MFTT)”. The main objective of MFTT is to generate jobs and to become a tool in the design of poverty reduction programs, intra-regional trade facilitation programs, and direct technological transfer among DCs. The paper is divided into five sections: (i) the first, introductory, section proceed to review some common multilateral and regional trade agreement schemes, such as Custom Unions and Free Trade Agreements; (ii) the second section is based on an analysis of the trade liberalization literature review; (iii) the third section reviews the concept of developmental affinities in regional integration; (iv) the fourth section, analyzes some of the common problems affecting developing countries; and (v) the fifth and final section introduces and develops the MFTT theoretical framework.
Quality & Quantity – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 12, 2015
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