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Cross-Border Issues in Energy Trade in the CIS Countries

Author/Editor: Dodsworth, John | Mathieu, Paul Henri | Shiells, Clinton R.
Authorized for Distribution: December 1, 2002
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Disclaimer: This Policy Discussion Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed in this Policy Discussion Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Policy Discussion Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate.

Summary: This paper explores from a regional perspective the distorted nature of trade in energy products within the CIS countries. The persistence of pricing distortions, barter arrangements, and discriminatory access to pipelines, as well as failure to honor contracts, has disrupted and distorted energy exports to non-CIS countries, undermined energy sector reforms, and distorted investment decisions. The paper focuses on cross-border issues as an integral component of the wider problem of inefficient energy use within the CIS. Several policy recommendations are proposed, including measures to foster greater competition, reduce state involvement, and promote regional cooperation.
Series: Policy Discussion Paper No. 02/13
Subject(s): Energy sector | Former Soviet Union | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Belarus | Georgia | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyz Republic | Moldova | Russian Federation | Tajikistan | Turkmenistan | Ukraine | Uzbekistan | Trade | Transition economies | Fiscal policy | Energy prices | Oil | Natural gas
    Published:   December 1, 2002        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   PPIEA0132002   Pages:   32
    Price:   US$10.00
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