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International Monetary Fund
This report reviews the Joint Staff Assessment of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Annual Progress Report for The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It summarizes the Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction Program (SDPRP), which is the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Ethiopia. The staff of the Bank and IMF considers that Ethiopia's efforts toward implementation of the strategy provide sufficient evidence of its continuing commitment to poverty reduction, and therefore the strategy continues to provide a credible framework for World Bank and IMF concessional assistance.
Ms. Piritta Sorsa
The paper seeks to provide an overview of the present state of debate on trade, environment and the GATT for developing countries. Potential for green protectionism and relevant GATT rules are discussed in three areas: i) environmental product regulations including eco-labeling and other product measures with effects on production processes and border adjustment of environmental taxes; ii) extraterritorial use of trade measures to influence environmental behavior in other countries; and iii) the use of trade measures with international environmental agreements. The conclusion of the Uruguay Round will have a number of direct and indirect effects on trade and environment and the GATT debate on it.