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New updated WTO Secretariat services background papers

The WTO Secretariat is producing an updated series of background notes on services sectors and modes of supply. A similar exercise was conducted in 1998. These new notes, which are aimed at stimulating discussion in the Council for Trade in Services, capture some of the far-reaching developments that have occurred in the services area over the past decade, and focus on issues considered to be most relevant from a trade perspective.

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These notes cover the following sectors and modes of supply:

  • Cross-border supply (modes 1&2)
  • Commercial presence (mode 3)
  • Presence of natural persons (mode 4)
  • Accountancy services
  • Architectural services
  • Computer and related services
  • Audiovisual services
  • Postal and courier services
  • Telecommunication services
  • Construction and related engineering services
  • Distribution services
  • Education services
  • Energy services
  • Environmental services
  • Financial services
  • Tourism services
  • Logistics services
  • Maritime transport services
  • Road transport services

Available background notes can be found on the link below:

Updated series of background notes