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WA Office | Repeal "World Assembly Trade Rights"

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Repeal "WA Trade Rights" requires explanation about what a most-favoured nation is. When a nation is the most-favoured nation, it receives the best treatment that a nation gives when it comes to trade barriers and preferences. If A gets tax-free access to your nation, and B does not, but B is a most-favoured nation, B must also be extended tax-free access.

GA 209 requires that all WA member nations receive a most-favoured nation preference. This places a nation's friends and enemies at the same level when it comes to trade preferences. There is an exception: 'vital national security interests during serious international disputes or times of war'. But this does not apply to merely unfriendly nations; only 'during [a] serious international dispute' may rights be terminated.

Trade zones, meant to lower trade barriers within members, become pointless. Any time a nation N is granted a trade preference by the trade zone, that preference too must be extended to all other most-favoured nations, ie all member nations, making any such agreement pointless at deepening regional trade integration.

GA 209 also fails to provide an exception for dumping. Dumping is when a foreign nation sells goods below cost in another nation, not always caused by domestic subsidies. In real life, the WTO allows nations to institute tariffs against dumping. GA 209 provides no such exception.

GA 209 also gives constraints on the impact of trade sanctions. Member nations could use sanctions to punish another member nation for wrongdoings. But that is prohibited by the target resolution. So too are sanctions required by GA 440 'Administrative Compliance Act', which uses such sanctions to enforce compliance with WA resolutions, including dues collected by GA 17 'WA General Fund'. What GA 209 does, therefore, is allow some member nations to get benefits while refusing to pay the costs of membership.

For these reasons, the Office recommends voting FOR Repeal "WA Trade Rights".

Primary author(s): Imperium Anglorum.

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