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SERVICES: SYMPOSIUM, GENEVA, 22-23 SEPTEMBER 2008

Mode 4 of the GATS — Taking stock and moving forward
22-23 September 2008

At the request of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services, the WTO is organizing a symposium on Mode 4 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), i.e. the movement of persons across borders for the purpose of supplying services.

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The symposium provides a platform for information exchange and discussion, with contributions from government officials, representatives of international organizations, academic researchers and private sector experts.

An introductory session, outlining GATS provisions, commitments and the state of play in the current negotiations in relation to Mode 4, is followed by five panels. These address:

  • the economic implications of Mode 4 trade

  • practical experiences of home and host country constituents with respect to Mode 4, both from a business angle and from an immigration, labour and trade perspective

  • the role of Mutual Recognition Agreements and of domestic regulatory regimes when trading services through the movement of persons

  • any lessons to be learnt for Mode 4 from existing schemes to prevent overstaying.

A panel discussion closes the symposium.

  
Programme  back to top

Monday, 22 September 2008

10h00-10h10

Opening of the symposium and welcoming remarks

  • Harsha V. Singh, Deputy Director-General, WTO Secretariat
      

10h10-10h40

Session 1.
Mode 4 — Definition, commitments, state of play in the negotiations
This session will provide an introduction to mode 4 of the GATS: its definition, the extent of commitments undertaken by WTO Members, an overview of the state of play in the current negotiations, including offers submitted and main issues under discussion.

  • Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO Secretariat
    Presentation

Q&A
  

10h40-13h00

Session 2.
Economic implications of mode 4 trade
This session will address the economic implications of liberalising mode 4 trade, drawing upon economic theory and existing empirical research. It will discuss the potential effects of greater mode 4 opening, globally as well as in sending and receiving countries. Measurement issues related to mode 4 trade will also be tackled.

  • Mina Mashayekhi, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
    Presentation
  • Joy Kategekwa, Policy Advisor, Trade and Investment, OXFAM International
    Presentation
  • Massimiliano Calí, Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute
    Presentation
  • Aaditya Mattoo, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Q&A
  

15h00-15h30

Session 2. (continued)

  • Joscelyn Magdeleine, Statistical Officer, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO Secretariat
    Presentation

Q&A
  

15h30-18h00

Session 3.
Mode 4 in practice — Perspectives from the private sector
Business representatives in home and host countries will discuss actual experiences with mode 4 trade and practical impediments to the movement of persons.

Home country perspective

  • Roelof van Tonder, Chief Executive Officer, Built Environment Professions Export Council
    Presentation
  • Jobit P George, Officer, Talent Engagement, Infosys Technologies Limited
  • Magda Shahin, Director, Trade-Related Assistance Centre, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
    Presentation

Q&A

Host country perspective

  • Goran Hultin, Chief Executive Officer, Caden Corporation
    Presentation
  • Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum
    Presentation
  • Jolanta Jaworska, Governmental Programs Executive, IBM Poland
    Presentation

Q&A
  

  

Thursday, 23 September 2008      back to top
 

10h00-13h00

Session 4.
Mode 4 in practice — Perspectives from immigration, labour and trade
Home and host country views on mode 4 will be presented from an immigration, labour and trade angle.

Immigration

  • Linda Mortensen, Regional Director Europe, Counsellor (Immigration), Australian Embassy, Berlin
    Presentation
  • Jacqueline R Bart, Founder and Managing Lawyer, Bart & Associates
    Presentation
  • Ellen G Yost, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
    Presentation

Q&A

Labour

  • Sumanta Chaudhuri, Chief Executive Officer, Government of West Bengal
    Presentation
  • Peter Waldorff, General Secretary, Public Services International
    Presentation
  • Shin-yi Peng, Professor and Director, Institute of Law for Science and Technology, Tsing Hua University, Chinese Taipei
    Presentation

Q&A

Trade

  • Ramesh Chaitoo, Head, Services Trade Unit, Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery
    Presentation
  • Alejandro Buvinic, Director-General, Legal Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
    Presentation

Q&A
  

15h00-16h00

Session 5.
Beyond market access – Domestic regulation and Mutual Recognition Agreements
This session will discuss how to make mode 4 market access operationally meaningful, focusing on the role of Mutual Recognition Agreements and the interplay with domestic regulatory regimes.

  • Rupa Chanda, Professor, Economic and Social Sciences Area, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • David Benton, Chief Executive Officer Designate, International Council of Nurses
    Presentation

Q&A
  

16h00-17h00

Session 6.
Ensuring temporariness — Lessons from existing practices
This session will examine the features and relative success of mechanisms put in place to prevent overstaying and promote return, in an attempt to draw useful lessons for mode 4.

  • Michele Klein-Solomon, Director, Migration Policy, Research and Communications Department, International Organization for Migration
    Presentation
  • Rupa Chanda, Professor, Economic and Social Sciences Area, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
    Presentation

Q&A
  

17h00-18h00

Session 7.
Final panel — Moving forward

Moderator: Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO Secretariat

  • Jose Victor V Chan-Gonzaga, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the World Trade Organization
  • Jan Bailey, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the World Trade Organization
  • Daniel C Crosby, Partner, Budin & Partners
  • Aaditya Mattoo, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
      

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