‘Greening World Trade’: The Malaysian Perspective on Emerging Issues and Policy Responses

By Evelyn Shyamala Devadason and Santha Chenayah Ramu.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The rising environmental trade barriers, emanating largely from developed countries has affected the export interests of developing economies. For Malaysia, environmental measures pose threats in terms of market access for specific products that are concentrated in developed markets. Based on the notifications, detentions and selected cases of trade restrictions on Malaysian export consignments to the regulated EU and US markets, the key issue appears to be that of conformity to SPS regulations in the agricultural and food industry. The major problems associated with Malaysian export consignments of food and fisheries are largely justified on scientific grounds, which include microbiological contamination, acidification, antibiotic residue, and pesticide residue. Following which, the policy actions taken by Malaysia in response to the environmental challenge, reflect an offensive approach. This is indeed a step in the right direction to further engage in ‘green trade.’

Keywords: Environmental Trade Barriers (ETBs), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS), Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Green Trade, Malaysia

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.207-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.904KB).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evelyn Shyamala Devadason

Lecturer - Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My research focuses on trade-labour linkages, product quality and production networks. My recent articles are, among others, ‘Network Trade between Malaysia and China: A Note on Product Upgrading,’ China and India in World Trade: Are the Asia Giants a Threat to Malaysia?’ and ‘Emerging Trade Patterns of Malaysia with China, US and Japan: A Comparative Analysis.’ Other publications include Labour Demand and Trade in Manufactures: Issues, and Evidence from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, 2007) and Emerging Trading Nation in an Integrating World: Global Impacts and Domestic Challenges of China’s Economic Reform (co-edited with Yeoh, K.K.) (Kuala Lumpur: Institute of China Studies, 2007).

Dr. Santha Chenayah Ramu

Senior Lecturer - Dr., Department of Economics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My area of interest is environmental matters related to recycling and wastes disposal. Amongst my recent publications (co-authored) include the following: Exploitation Procedure based on Eigenvector Revisited: The Concept of Weighted Preference Flows in Multicriteria Outranking Analysis. Cybernetics and Systems; Multicriteria Modelling on Recycling of Municipal Solid Waste in Subang Jaya; and A Generalized Procedure in PROMETHEE Analysis, with an Application to the Evaluation of Recycling Strategies in Malaysia.

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