Ranging from architecture to voice-mail telecommunications and to space transport, services are the largest and most dynamic component of both developed and developing country economies. Important in their own right, they also serve as crucial inputs into the production of most goods. Their inclusion in the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations led to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Since January 2000, they have become the subject of multilateral trade negotiations.
> Services negotiations
Introduction to services trade and the GATS back to top
The mandate back to top
Work in the WTO back to top
Disputes back to top
Data on Services Trade back to top
This integrated database — a joint initiative of the WTO and the World Bank — consists of information on members' commitments under the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), services commitments in regional trade agreements, applied measures, and services statistics.
> Seminar on Mobile Banking (27 November 2014)
> WTO, OCTA - first regional workshop on trade in services for the Pacific (5-8 August 2013)
> Workshop on E-Commerce (17-18 June 2013)
> Workshop on Trade in Financial Services and Development (26 June 2012)
> Symposium on International Mobile Roaming (22 March 2012)
> Workshop on Regulatory Practices (11 April 2011)
Publications on services
> GATS — Fact and fiction
> International Trade Centre (opens in new window) — Services trade promotion for developing countries.
Contact and enquiry points back to top
GATS Article IV contact points are intended to facilitate the access of developing country members' service suppliers to information, and Article III enquiry points to provide information to other WTO members.