Services / GATS / TISA

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

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

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

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

India's Revamped Services Offer

Original Publication Date: 
27 July, 2005
India yesterday offered a substantial market-opening for foreign financial services companies

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.

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.