Governments learn, as the Bangladeshis have, that they need the support of business and other private sector groups in trade negotiations The choices in trade negotiations are complex and the best options are frequently characterized by factors that governments know nothing of because they are not in the market-place. The government of Bangladesh acknowledges this: bq. The head of the WTO cell of the commerce ministry, who participated in the seminar, said that it became difficult for the ministry to take decisions without research findings. The officer suggested that different non-government trade bodies could conduct research to facilitate government’s decision making (“The Nation”:http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_20240.shtml) I’ve spent months over recent years working with the Chambers of Commerce in Dacca and in Chittagong on the provision of better information about the negotiations to the Bangladesh business sector. It’s good to see the work continues to have results.
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher