Thus, even the most authoritarian governments recognize the value of free trade. But because they are authoritarians, or semi-authoritarian protectionists, they want to limit and restrict trade because they are protecting certain sectors, like the business interests of their friends, families and campaign financiers, or a considerable block of voters.Thus, multilateral trade negotiations towards free trade has become too bureaucratic and time consuming.
source:Richard Baldwin, 'Unilateral Trade Liberalization", Center for Trade and Economic Integration, CTEI 2011-04, http://graduateinstitute.ch/.../working.../CTEI-2011-04.pdf
But since the 1950s...trade theory has pretty-much consistently shown a hierarchy of mechanisms for increasing commerce across borders: unilateral trade liberalization is best, followed by multilateral trade liberalization (although the current WTO round of trade negotiations is dead), and then regional or bilateral agreements.
Ordinary consumers and independent researchers, them who are not corrupted by government and foreign aid money and consulting, should push the logic of unilateral trade liberalization. Ordinary consumers benefit from more choices, more options, where to buy and whom to sell.
Free Trade 35: EU-FNF Forum on 'FDI Engine for Job Growth', May 15, 2014
Free Trade 36: Taxation, Regulations, Trade and Rule of Law in ASEAN, August 05, 2014
Free Trade 37: Multiple Concerns and Regulations in the ASEAN, September 11, 2014
Free Trade 38: Liberalize Rice Imports and Demonopolize NFA, September 28, 2014