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Title: Ethiopia's Accession to the WTO and the Telecom Sector: Can Ethiopia Accede without Liberalization?
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Solomon Abay (Ph.D)
Hika, Zerihun
Keywords: Ethiopia, World Trade Organization (WTO);Telecommunication, Liberalization;Least Developed Countries (LDCS)
Issue Date: May-2014
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Ethiopia has applied for mentbership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its accession process is currently in progress. Despite this, the country is referring some service sectors, like the telecom, as untouchable and, as a result, their liberalization seems irnprobable. This dissertation is therefore intended to inspect the county 's policy position on telecom liberalization and the implications such policy has at the WTO fora. Concerning service liberalization, there are in fact WTO laws that allow flexibility for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to maintain their domestic policy autonorny to certain extent. However, a carefiil look at accession processes and telecom commitments experience of some recently accedea' countries are antithesis to these WTO credos. Thouglz Ethiopia has not submitted its initial service ofler and a bilateral negotiation has not cotnmenced yet, it has been told by some WTO Member countries to reconsider its policy on the telecom sector. The research, thus, examines the possibility for Ethiopia to accede to the organization while still sticking to its current policy position. To such end, it carne to conclusion that it is hardly possible for the country to join the organization while keeping the status quo.
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