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dc.contributor.authorAdlung, Rudolfen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-25en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-29T13:30:39Z-
dc.date.available2009-07-29T13:30:39Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/26732-
dc.description.abstractMost existing commitments are confined to guaranteeing the levels of access that existed in the mid-1990s, when the Agreement entered into force, in a limited number of sectors. The only significant exceptions are the accession schedules of recent WTO Members and the negotiating results in two sectors (financial services and, in particular, basic telecommunications) that were achieved after the Uruguay Round. The offers tabled so far in the ongoing Round would not add a lot of substance either. Apparently, negotiators are ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’. For one thing, the traditional mercantilist paradigm, relying on reciprocal exchanges of concessions, seems to be provide less momentum than in the goods area. For another, there are additional - technical, economic and political - frictions that tend to render services negotiations more complicated, time-consuming and resource-intensive. The novelty of the Agreement adds an additional element of legal uncertainty from a negotiator’s perspective. This paper discusses various options that might help to overcome the ensuing reticence to engage. Few appear within reach at present, however. The bare minimum that would need to be achieved is to revive work on scheduling and classification issues with a view to putting both existing commitments and new offers on a safer footing, and to improve compliance with long-existing information/notification obligations.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherWorld Trade Organization, Economic Research and Statistics Div. Genevaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2009-05en_US
dc.subject.jelF13en_US
dc.subject.jelF15en_US
dc.subject.jelF53en_US
dc.subject.jelF59en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordGATSen_US
dc.subject.keywordtrade in servicesen_US
dc.subject.keywordliberalizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordpolicy reformen_US
dc.subject.stwInternationaler Dienstleistungsverkehren_US
dc.subject.stwAußenhandelsliberalisierungen_US
dc.subject.stwGATSen_US
dc.titleServices liberalization from a WTO/GATS perspective: in search of volunteersen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn592490718en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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