CITP Briefing Paper 1 | Michael Gasiorek | First things first: start with a trade strategy
For The Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy’s first Briefing Paper, Michael Gasiorek sets out some key considerations on the making of a trade strategy and a framework for considering the elements of policy that contribute to achieving that strategy.
Possibly the most important point to make here is that a trade strategy, and thus policy to achieve that strategy, does not exist independently of other policies. Trade policy is primarily about domestic outcomes and therefore, also domestic politics and has to be thought of in the context of the government’s wider economic and social policy objectives. A government’s trade strategy then becomes about how to support those objectives through trade policy with other countries. This is why you need to ask why you want trade agreements in the first place.
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