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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development$
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Arvid Lukauskas, Robert M. Stern, and Gianni Zanini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.001.0001

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Services Trade Agreements and Negotiations: An Overview

Services Trade Agreements and Negotiations: An Overview

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(p.661) Chapter 21 Services Trade Agreements and Negotiations: An Overview
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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development
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Aaditya Mattoo

Gianni Zanini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.003.0021

Services were included in the multilateral trade architecture of the WTO under the GATS and featured prominently in the process of WTO accession. They are also increasingly important in the large and growing network of regional, and especially, of North-South trade agreements. The potential gains from reciprocal liberalization of trade in services are very large and progress on services is necessary for a positive negotiating outcome in other areas in both multilateral and PTA negotiations. The chapter covers the GATS’ scope, general obligations, current rules, and the unfinished multilateral agenda related to safeguards, subsidies, and government procurement in services. The greater opportunities available for achieving deeper regional integration under PTAs of particular services sectors are discussed. An assessment is provided for what international negotiations in services have to offer unilateral liberalization, and the context - multilateral, regional, or bilateral - in which they are most likely to support economic development.

Keywords:   Services trade liberalization, GATS, Doha Round, PTAs

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