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Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

SERVICES: COUNCIL
The Services Council, its Committees and other subsidiary bodies

The Council for Trade in Services operates under the guidance of the General Council and is responsible for facilitating the operation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and for furthering its objectives. It is open to all WTO members, and can create subsidiary bodies as required. Presently, the Council oversees the work of four such subsidiary bodies: the Committee on Trade in Financial Services, the Committee on Specific Commitments, the Working Party on Domestic Regulation and the Working Party on GATS Rules. The current chair is .

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Council for Trade in Services   back to top

A lot of the work of the Services Council is currently focused on the operationalization of the LDC services waiver. Similarly, services-related issues in electronic commerce figure prominently on its agenda. The Council also debates developments in services trade and regulation that are raised by members. It further addresses transparency-related issues, including by taking note of members' notifications pursuant to relevant GATS provisions.

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  • Minutes of the meetings of the Council for Trade in Services (Document code S/C/M/*)    > search    > help
  • Annual Reports of the Council for Trade in Services to the General Council (Document code: varies)    > search    > help
  • Annual Reports of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services to the General Council (Document code S/CSS/* and keyword “report”)    > search    > help
  • Review of the Understanding on Accounting Rates (Document code S/GBT/4)    > search    > help
  • Secretariat background papers (Document code S/C/W/* and keyword “Background Note”)    > search    > help

 

The Committee on Financial Services back to top

The Committee on Trade in Financial Services carry out discussions on matters relating to trade in financial services and formulate proposals or recommendations for consideration by the Council. It is responsible for the continuous review and surveillance of the application of the GATS with respect to this sector, and serves as a forum for technical discussions and examination of regulatory developments affecting financial services trade. The current chair is

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  • Annual Reports of the Committee on Financial Services (Document code S/FIN/*  and keyword “report”)    > search    > help

 

The Committee on Specific Commitments   back to top

The Committee concluded its work on the procedures on the certification of rectifications or improvements to schedules of specific commitments on 11 April 2000. The Council for Trade in Services (CTS) adopted those procedures (download MS Word document, 1 page; 32KB)on 14 April 2000. The current chair is .

On 22 March 2001, the committee concluded the revision to the guidelines for the scheduling of specific commitments under the GATS. The revised guidelines (download MS Word document, 40 pages; 178KB) were adopted by the CTS on 23 March 2001.

The Committee continues its work on the classification of services sectors

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The Working Party on Domestic Regulation    back to top

The Working Party on Domestic Regulations is drafting disciplines relating to technical standards, licensing and qualification requirements for all services sectors. The current chair is .

(Until 26 April 1999, this was known as the  Working Party on Professional Services. The Services Council’s decision to make the change is S/L/70.)

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The Working Party on GATS Rules   back to top

The Working Party on GATS Rules continues its work on subsidies, government procurement and safeguards. The current chair is .

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