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23 July 1995

RESEARCH PAPER ON TRADE AND COMPETITION POLICY

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) today released a research paper entitled Trade and Competition Policy: A Survey of the Issues.

The paper, which aims to contribute to the evolving international debate on the linkage between trade and competition policies, represents a first step in promoting discussion of the issue of trade and competition policy among business, government and the wider community. It concludes that despite the growing consensus among policy makers about the value of competition, the potential gains from trade liberalisation initiatives are being constrained in many countries due to internal barriers to market access.

The main findings of the research paper are:

For further information, contact Tony Urbanski, Director, Trade Competitiveness Research Section, DFAT, on (06) 261 3061.