Services / GATS / TISA

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.

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

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

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

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

Ambassador Jara's report to the Trade Negotiations Committee

Original Publication Date: 
27 July, 2005
Following the World Trade Organization (WTO) Mini-Ministerial Meeting in Dalian, China earlier this month, Ambassador Alejandro Jara, Chairman of the WTO Council for Trade in Services Special Session, issued a report on the state of play in the Doha Round 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

Jara vows to work on advancing services, says offers fall short

Original Publication Date: 
21 July, 2005
The chairman of the Doha round's services negotiating group this week told the Trade Negotiations Committee that offers now on the table provide few if any new commercial opportunities to services companies.

G8 moves a bit on aid and debt, but fails on trade and climate

Original Publication Date: 
14 July, 2005
The recent G8 Summit in Gleneagles has been proclamed to be proofof the G8's new commitment to development. However the outcome was mixed, with some progress in aid and debt.

Services Assessment by the Chair, Ambassador Jara

Original Publication Date: 
11 July, 2005
Assessment issued by the Chair of the Services Negotiations to the TNC.

A ?Bold Course? Needed for Services

Original Publication Date: 
10 July, 2005
A 'bold course of action' to bring services negotiations on par with agriculture and market access for industrials in the ongoing Doha Development Agenda is needed

Brazilian Intervention in the Council for Trade in Services

Original Publication Date: 
5 July, 2005
Brazil's intervention on July 1st 2005.

North and South countries differ on assessment of services talks, and on the need or otherwise for new negotiating approach

Original Publication Date: 
4 July, 2005
Some major developed and developing countries have been giving significantly different assessments of the state of the services negotiations during the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services held at the World Trade Organisation on 27 June to 1 July.

US Plan in GATS

Original Publication Date: 
30 June, 2005
The United States yesterday presented some ideas for a new work plan to speed the pace of the Doha Development Agenda services negotiations

Local and Regional Reaction to GATS and Similar Trade Rules (Updated)

Original Publication Date: 
30 June, 2005
This is an update of Edward Sussex's paper on Local and Regional Reaction to GATS and Similar Trade Rules.

GATS Benchmarks - exchanges of non-papers

Original Publication Date: 
30 June, 2005
the EU has recently tabled a non-paper on benchmarking in GATS. The response from 'Brazil' is NOT a formal Brazilian response but is apparently a view shared by many other delegations.