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Title:Examination of the laws on the protection of domestic products in Tanzania
Author:Ruvuga, Caroline S.ISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of African and international law (ISSN 1821-620X)
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:67-138
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:GATT
trade policy
WTO
legislation
trade restrictions
industry
Abstract:It is said that Tanzania's economic growth depends on trade liberalization and globalization. In this article it is argued that Tanzanian domestic products may require protection because they may be subjected to stiff competition as a result of trade liberalization. Trade liberalization enables products to move from one country to another; the laws, technological level and trade policy of a particular country may contribute to the marketability of these products. Therefore, the domestic products of Tanzania need legal protection against competition from well established producers as the competitive nature of products may vary. Free trade stipulates that trade liberalization leads to fierce competition within and outside the economy. Protectionist trade policy can result in a scarcity of goods which leads to a high demand and if supply is low, the price goes up. Goods and services can move more easily across borders due to trade liberalization, therefore the importation of goods into the home market of Tanzania is less restricted as a result of WTO law. This facilitates the importation of products into Tanzania in such an increased quantity that it affects the marketability of local products since they are exposed to stiff competition. These issues render domestic products uncompetitive and as a result industries slow down in production. Despite laws to protect domestic products in Tanzania, these are inadequate according to the author. The author examines these laws and suggests new ways to protect domestic products in Tanzania. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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