Ex-Post Evaluation of Lebanon’s Free Trade Agreements: The Cases of the FTA with the European Union and PAFTA with the Arab Countries

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/EDID/2019/WP.13

Country: Arab region, Lebanese Republic

Publication Type: Working papers

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Trade & regional connectivity

Initiatives: Women’s rights and gender mainstreaming, Arab exports

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Trade agreements, Trade policy, Technical cooperation

Ex-post evaluation of Lebanon’s free trade agreements: The cases of the FTA with the European Union and PAFTA with the Arab countries

December 2020

This study examines the tangible impact of the integration agreements with Arab countries and the European Union on the Lebanese economy, as well as the reasons behind their relatively poor outcomes.

It presents and discusses the scope and limitations of the two agreements, and explores their likely impact in depth. This paper goes beyond economic assessments and sheds light on the reasons behind the country’s weak export promotion and economic development.

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