Services / GATS / TISA

UNCTAD raises development concerns on services liberalization

Original Publication Date: 
16 February, 2006
Trade liberalization alone does not automatically lead to services growth and development in developing countries, and there is a need to establish necessary preconditions such as flanking policies and regulatory frameworks for liberalization to yield development-oriented results, according to a new UNCTAD paper.

UNCTAD commission debates the crisis in committees

Original Publication Date: 
12 February, 2006
The commodities crisis continues to plague developing countries and international action, particularly by UNCTAD, has to be urgently taken to address it, according to several participants at the UNCTAD Commission on Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities which is meeting here this week.

UNCTAD Commission debates trade policy, commodities, services

Original Publication Date: 
10 February, 2006
Developing countries put forward their positions and requests on a wide range of trade development issues at the start of this week's meeting of UNCTAD's Commission on Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities

The high cost of free trade

Original Publication Date: 
6 January, 2006
When the free trade agreement with the United States kicked in a year ago, Bill Rush saw his big chance. His company, Australian Defence Apparel, makes ceramic plates to be worn over bulletproof vests to protect troops against armour-piercing fire. The Australian-owned company has beaten German and Israeli competition to supply the British Army and London Metropolitan Police with its plates. The prospect of a $40 million-plus sale to the US Army beckoned.

New Video Highlights Suffering Caused by WTO Policies in Textiles and Clothing

Original Publication Date: 
4 December, 2005
The Global Union representing workers in the textile and clothing sector has released a new video drawing attention to the plight of workers in the sector following the liberalisation of trade at the start of 2005.

Papers on sectoral negotiations in GATS

Original Publication Date: 
4 December, 2005
Papers on arguments by some for commencing sectoral negotiations in the GATS, and the objectives of these negotiations

U.S. non-paper on numerical market access targets for services negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
7 November, 2005
Alink to a new U.S. non-paper on numerical market access targets for services negotiations

New Zealand GATS offensive in Geneva makes mockery of Doha 'Development' Agenda

Original Publication Date: 
28 September, 2005
New Zealand is one of eight governments (US, EC, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, South Korea and Taiwan) pushing a scheme that would require all countries, rich and poor, to lock open a minimum number of their services to foreign firms

Links to all non-papers in the Services benchmark discussion

Original Publication Date: 
28 September, 2005
Most of these papers are expected to become officially tabled papers in the formal services negotiations

Developing countries object to 'benchmarking' services proposals

Original Publication Date: 
26 September, 2005
Many developing countries have objected to the joint attempt by developed countries to introduce a 'benchmarking approach' or 'complementary multilateral methods' to the services negotiations in the World Trade Organisation.

Why the US cannot deliver on GATS Mode 4

Original Publication Date: 
20 September, 2005
Facing clear opposition from Congress to bind visa quotas in WTO, the USTR is trundling toward Hong Kong empty-handed.

Developed countries launch joint offensive to open up developing countries' services through new methods

Original Publication Date: 
15 September, 2005
Developed countries have launched a joint offensive to introduce new methods of getting developing countries to commit themselves to liberalising their services sectors in the WTO

India not to budge on its stand at WTO

Original Publication Date: 
25 August, 2005
In a clear message to the US and other developed countries, India today categorically said it would not accept any outcome without movement on services at the WTO trade negotiations.

U.S., Saudi Arabia Reach Agreement On Services Provisions of WTO Deal

Original Publication Date: 
23 August, 2005
The United States and Saudi Arabia have reached agreement on the terms under which U.S. banks and other service providers will be allowed to operate in Saudi Arabia following its accession to the World Trade Organization.

Mexico Revises Telecom Regs

Original Publication Date: 
14 August, 2005
The Mexican Parliament on Friday passed new legislation to comply with World Trade Organization recommendations over implementation of its telecommunications services

WTO Rules Against US on ETI

Original Publication Date: 
14 August, 2005
A World Trade Organization compliance panel on Friday confirmed a European Union complaint against Washington's alleged failure to fully implement the trade body's recommendations on the now defunct Extraterritorial Income Exclusion Act overseas tax program

Report: GATS Consultation by Indian Commerce Ministry

Original Publication Date: 
11 August, 2005
Heres a short report of a GATS consultation organised by the Ministry of Commerce and UNCTAD. This was the third in the series of consultations towards HK

Developing countries voice concern over the substance and process of WTO negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
1 August, 2005
At the WTO's Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) on 28 July, severaldeveloping countries expressed many concerns about the state and substance of the WTO negotiations, as well as the process which theyfound to be not transparent or participatory.(M.Khor)

No More on Services ? USTR Portman

Original Publication Date: 
31 July, 2005
The United States said Friday it would find it 'difficult' to offer fresh concessions in the Doha services negotiations

India's Revamped Services Offer

Original Publication Date: 
27 July, 2005
India yesterday offered a substantial market-opening for foreign financial services companies