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Integrating Services in South AsiaTrade, Investment, and Mobility$
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Rupa Chanda

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198069959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069959.001.0001

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The Way Forward

The Way Forward

Identifying Drivers and Negotiating Frameworks

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(p.276) 9 The Way Forward
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Integrating Services in South Asia
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Rupa Chanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069959.003.0009

This chapter emphasizes the importance of adopting a gradual approach to services negotiations in South Asia under the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA). In particular, it examines several cross-cutting issues that would need to be addressed if any progress is to be made with regional services integration. These issues include investment and taxes, transport, regional mobility of service providers, research and development, trade facilitation, regulatory cooperation, and information collection and dissemination within the region. This chapter also describes the nature of commitments that could be undertaken by individual member countries under SAFTA and the approach that could be adopted to address important cross-cutting issues. In addition, it considers the possibility of a General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)-type architecture.

Keywords:   South Asia, South Asian Free Trade Agreement, SAFTA, services, investment, taxes, transport, trade, cooperation, research and development

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