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Services rules for growth and investment
A first explanation, in Understanding the WTO, the introduction to the WTO.
objectives, coverage and disciplines
A more in-depth look, in question-and-answer form.
Introduction to GATS
Download in PDF format (16 pages; 253KB; opens in a new window).
> Consult the Guide
to downloading files.
Interactive course: General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
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or download the text of the General
Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) from the legal texts
GATS is the
first multilateral, legally binding set of rules covering
international trade in services. See also related
Find decisions of WTO bodies concerning the GATS in the
Analytical Index — Guide to WTO Law
of commitments and MFN exemptions
with links to retrieve commitments and exemptions from Documents
You can use this database to retrieve the services schedule
for a Member, or to compare services commitments across Members.
The database does not include data on current negotiations.
to read a schedule
of Post-Uruguay Round negotiations: on telecommunications,
financial services, and movement of natural persons.
Doha negotiating mandate
Section on services in the 2001 Doha Ministerial Declaration
Kong Ministerial Declaration
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The services negotiations A
new services round began in early 2000. The mandate, negotiating
proposals and developments in the negotiations.
activities of the Services Council and its subsidiary
bodies ... including the Committee on financial services, the
Working Party on specific commitments, the Working Group on
domestic regulation, and the Working Party on GATS rules.
Round negotiations (1994-97) After the 1986-94 Uruguay Round, negotiations on maritime
transport, the movement of natural persons, financial services and
Disputes back to top
List of disputes
citing the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
Data on Services Trade back to top
> Trade in merchandise and services
> International Trade and Market Access Data
> Services profiles
> Made in the World