unctad.org | Regulation and policy diffusion of environmental/food safety standards in Asia: Challenges for inclusive trade.
Regulation and policy diffusion of environmental/food safety standards in Asia: Challenges for inclusive trade.
28 September 2017
WTO
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

​This session offers information on current available regulatory data for major exporting and importing countries. Then analysis of impacts of regulations on sustainable industrial development in East Asia are presented.


Many Asian countries have adopted regulations similar to the European Union’s policies such as RoHS and REACH chemical regulations as an effort to help domestic SMEs to adopt export market regulations. Policy adoption leads to policy diffusion. Policy diffusion is voluntary regulatory adoption from other jurisdictions without negotiations or international treaties, occurs a result of effort to make trade inclusive both for firms and consumers especially in developing countries. The session discusses two questions. First, whether diffused policy have been successful to make trade inclusive in developing countries.


Second, how to coordinate diffused policies so that heterogeneous policy diffusion will not work as trade obstacles for firms and not create pollution havens in countries without regulations.​

Co-organized with:Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) and UNCTAD
Language(s):English; English;
Contact:Mr. Ralf Peters, Chief, Trade Information Section, DITC, Tel: +4129175860 E-mail: ralf.peters@unctad.org

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