Author: Christian SYLVAIN et Mehdi el HARRAK
N0:5 of 2015
Under the impetus of the United States and the European Union, international trade is increasingly regulated by free trade agreements. Offsets are being used more and more as a condition for awarding international government procurement contracts, raising the question of their place in free trade agreements. Are they protectionist measures which inevitably distort the market - contrary to the principles of free trade - or can they be considered as a tool for boosting the economies of developing countries? There is no clear answer to these questions. But one thing is sure: they are intricately linked with the objectives of free trade agreements.