Education services

The sector includes primary, secondary, post-secondary and adult education services, as well as specialized training such as for sports.


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The current negotiations  

Education services are included in the new services negotiations, which began January 2000.


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The mandate 

Principles of trade in education services are contained, like for all services, in the GATS.

Current commitments and exemptions
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For consolidated information on countries’ commitments and exemptions on education services go to the services database. If you are seeking the commitments of a specific WTO member, go to “Jump to a specific sector for a given Member”, select education services from the sector dropdown list, select the Member of interest and click “go”. To see a table showing which Members have made commitments in education services choose “See which Members have made commitments in a specific sector”, select Education services and click “go”.


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Documents on education services  

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  • Background paper on education services (Document code S/* and keyword “education”)  > search > help

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility by defining multiple search criteria such as document symbol (i.e. code number), full text search or document date.