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TC-PIDS SP 1986-06: The Implementation of Import Liberalization and Tariff Reform in the Philippines: Phasing and Complementary Measures

Setting trade liberalization as a goal, this paper discusses in details its timing and sequencing as well as some of its complementary measures. Until capacity utilization has fully recovered, import restrictions should still remain. Greater gains could be attained if liberalization and reforms are carried out in the context of multinational negotiations. However, delay of reforms has its disadvantages such as an adverse reputation regarding the country’s commitment to the program.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
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Power, John; trade liberalization; tariff; trade reforms; trade sector; import liberalization; import commodities; tariff reform program;
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