International Trade Agreements and Public Health
June 30, 2016Download this article as PDF
International trade agreements are arrangements agreed by two or more countries that govern the flow of goods, services and investment between them. These include bilateral trade agreements (between two countries), multilateral agreements such as those administered through the World TradebOrganization (WTO) and plurilateral agreements which are being increasingly negotiated outside the WTO. The traditional aim of such agreements is to reduce barriers to the free flow of trade, harmonize regulatory frameworks and integrate supply chains, in order to stimulate economic growth and integrate the global economy.