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Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

SERVICES: GATS
GATS — Fact and fiction

Since January 2000, over 140 WTO members governments have been engaged in negotiations aimed at further liberalization of the global services market. The booklet below debunks some of the myths and falsehoods about the GATS and the new negotiations.
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Contents:

Introduction

Why is the liberalization of services important?

Six benefits of services liberalization

Structure of the GATS

Misunderstandings and scare stories

 

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