Services / GATS / TISA

Plurilateral Requests for Services

Original Publication Date: 
2 March, 2006
Links to eight plurilateral requests for services liberalisation that have been submitted in the WTO. These include: energy, environmental services, telecommunications, financial services, architectural and engineering, construction, maritime transport, and computer related services.

US Abandons Logistics Services Talks

Original Publication Date: 
1 March, 2006
The United States and the European Union surprised negotiators yesterday by abruptly pulling out of a plurilateral group of countries pushing for further liberalization of logistics services.

WTO services negotiations move up a gear

Original Publication Date: 
28 February, 2006
Global talks to free up trade in services, a key part of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Doha round, moved up a gear on Tuesday with leading states putting in demands for liberalisation.

A Batch of Plurilateral Services Offers

Original Publication Date: 
28 February, 2006
The United States joined the European Union, Japan, Canada and other industrialized nations yesterday in presenting requests under a new plurilateral approach in the stalled Doha Development Agenda services negotiations.

United States is Active Participant in Coalition to Jump Start WTO Services Negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
27 February, 2006
The United States today launched a new effort to jump start the WTO Services negotiations. Joining with like-minded developed and developing countries, the U.S. will push for a common set of liberalization objectives in services sectors key to global growth and development. Services are a significant and growing part of the U.S. economy as evidenced by the $56 billion surplus in services trade in 2005. Further, 8 of 10 U.S. jobs are in the services sector.

EU and others launch 'plurilateral' process to boost Doha services negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
27 February, 2006
Today, the EU and other developed and developing country WTO partners have submitted new market access requests in several services sectors as part of the DDA negotiations in services. These joint requests mark the beginning of the 'plurilateral' negotiations in services as agreed by WTO members at last December

Collective requests in which the EU is participating under the DDA Trade in Services negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
27 February, 2006
An agreement was reached among a number of countries to pursue common objectives in improving access to selected telecommunications markets around the globe. The markets selected reflect the interest of many countries to develop a modern telecommunications sector. There is a broad recognition that the opening up of telecommunications markets will bring significant benefits to customers. Foreign operators will bring with them - especially to developing countries - valuable technological knowledge acquired through their operations in their home markets. Enhanced competition brings down the overall cost of services and consumers enjoy higher quality, advanced services at affordable prices. The development of telecommunications markets promotes the performance of enterprises of all economic sectors as the cost of their operations will be reduced while speed in conducting business will be improved.

WTO services talks resume, uncertainty on plurilaterals

Original Publication Date: 
21 February, 2006
The Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services, meeting this week for the first time since the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference, has been taking up some organizational matters including on how to proceed with respect to the plurilateral process.

WTO's plurilateral services negotiations are voluntary, stresses developing countries

Original Publication Date: 
21 February, 2006
At a meeting on services at the WTO last week, several developing countries have stressed their understanding that participation in the plurilateral mode of negotiations would be on a voluntary and non-compulsory basis.

UNCTAD panel debates state of WTO services negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
19 February, 2006
Developing countries taking part in an UNCTAD meeting have reiterated that they are entitled to exercise flexibility when deciding on liberalisation commitments in the WTO's services agreement (GATS).

Sensitive products are key

Original Publication Date: 
19 February, 2006
A DEAL on 'sensitive products' is one of the keys to unlocking progress in World Trade Organization talks on market access, Canada's lead agricultural negotiator Steve Verheul said recently.

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

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

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