Agricultural commodities especially plantation ones are strategic commodities in international trade. The increase in export trend of Indonesia’s main agricultural commodities show that Indonesia’s agricultural products are able to compete in international market. Commodities which are routinely exported are palm oil, rubber, cocoa, coffee, pepper, and tea. From some of these, commodities such palm oil, rubber, and cocoa are the most primary commodities generating foreign exchange for the country. Indonesian cocoa is exported as cocoa beans, cocoa butter, cocoa paste, cocoa husk and shells. Rubber is exported as natural rubber and processed rubber.
In this issue, the Journal of the World Trade Studies presents five selected articles focusing mainly on developing countries in global trading system. Some of the articles published in this issue were already presented at the International Conference on ‘Enhancing Indonesia’s Competitiveness in Contemporary Trade’ on 3 October 2011. This conference was organized by the Center for World Trade Studies in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, the authors of the current issue are not only Indonesian researchers but also researchers from other countries. The contribution of international researchers exhibits the merit of networking under the WTO Chairs Programme.
It is a great pleasure in presenting to readers the first issue of 2010 of the Journal of the World Studiespublished by Center for the World Trade Studies Universitas Gadjah Mada (can be cited as J. WTS U. Gadjah Mada). In this issue we publish a collection of essay on the theme of the WTO and the Third World. Those articles arose from a joint program between Center for the World Trade Studies Universitas Gadjah Mada and the World Trade Organization Chairs Program (WCP). In this issue we present five selected papers which are contributed by our senior researchers who come from the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Social and Political Science, and a practicing lawyer specialized in international trade cases.