Services / GATS / TISA

Trade Facilitation: U.S., Uganda Call For WTO Ban On 'Consularization' Of Imports

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2005
GENEVA--The United States and Uganda have issued a joint proposal calling for a ban on so-called 'consularization' transactions and fees as part of a future World Trade Organization agreement on trade facilitation.

Govt To Tap WTO To Attract Foreign Investment

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2005
The opportunities will be in eight major areas of the services sector, under the General Agreement on Trade and Services, a senior official told Daily Times on Tuesday.

G20 Ministerial Meeting Ends With Declaration

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2005
The Declaration of the G-20 Ministers called for the elimination of all export subsidies in agriculture within five years.

14 Developing Countries Criticize WIPO Patent Treaty Talks

Original Publication Date: 
13 March, 2005
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES OBJECT TO WIPO CONSULTATION PROCESS ON PATENT TREATY TALKS

India's Services Challenge

Original Publication Date: 
7 March, 2005
The United States went a step further by saying ministers must agree on a 'standstill' in addition to making new commitments.

Industry Efforts On Services Talks Face Sensenbrenner Opposition

Original Publication Date: 
3 March, 2005
The U.S. is under pressure from developing countries to provide additional access for business personnel in the Doha round services negotiations, or run the risk that developing countries will not open their markets in the negotiations.

Elevating Services?

Original Publication Date: 
3 March, 2005
The EU, Switzerland, India and the United States made a strong pitch yesterday for stepping up the profile of services negotiations, maintaining that members will have to accelerate work in the coming days.

Barbados Among Countries Submitting Paper To WTO

Original Publication Date: 
24 February, 2005
A new round of extended negotiations at the WTO was launched as a result of the Doha ministerial declaration.

Officials: WTO Negotiators Must Step Up Talks On Liberalizing Services

Original Publication Date: 
24 February, 2005
Failure to pick up the pace could undermine advances in other crucial areas of WTO talks, said Hamid Mamdouh, director of the WTO Trade in Services Division.

IMF Head Calls For Developing Countries Cut Protectionism

Original Publication Date: 
23 February, 2005
'Developing countries must therefore also take steps to remove their own trade barriers' -RATO

Allgeier Says U.S. Committed To Timetable For Giving Revised WTO Services Talks Offer

Original Publication Date: 
23 February, 2005
Developing countries led by Brazil, China, India, and Mexico have complained that the Mode 4 offers put forward in the services negotiations to date are insufficient and must be improved.

Development And GATS

Original Publication Date: 
17 February, 2005
Brazil - along with Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines - said each member has the right to define, in particular, the kind of universal service obligation it wishes to maintain.

In Trade Facilitation Negotiations, Developing Countries Question The Nature Of Commitments In Trade While Developed Countries Propose New Obligations

Original Publication Date: 
16 February, 2005
Many of the developing countries stressed the importance of technical assistance and capacity building.

Financial Services Firms Lobby Developing Countries At WTO

Original Publication Date: 
15 February, 2005
WTO members will be negotiating in the Special Session of the Council of Trade in Services in the week starting 21 February.

Egat Union Unmoved By Landslide Victory

Original Publication Date: 
7 February, 2005
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Sunday reiterated that planned privatisations would continue by listing the shares of state enterprises on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Developing Countries Want US To Miss Services Deadline To Help Mode 4

Original Publication Date: 
3 February, 2005
Developing countries want the U.S. to take as much time as possible to ensure that its revised offer contains their demand for ambitious new mode 4 commitments covering the movement of natural persons.

Local And Regional Reaction To GATS And Similar Trade Rules

Original Publication Date: 
24 January, 2005
Some of the strongest opposition to the GATS and other re- or de-regulatory trade agreements is coming from local and regional councils, backed by critical civil society movements.

WTO GPA Market Access Talks Off To Slow Start As Requests Lag

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13 January, 2005
Geneva sources said these countries could table their requests in the coming weeks, while one source speculated that some countries might not feel any pressure to move until closer to a March meeting of the government procurement committee.

EU-ACP Trade Negotiations: New Threats For East Africa

Original Publication Date: 
13 January, 2005
Forty civil society representatives from ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have gathered in Nairobi during two days to voice their concerns on the negotiations on the so called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

G33 Presents Detailed Paper On Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM)

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2004
It was the most detailed paper prepared so far by the group, which is also known as the SP-SSM Alliance.