Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/109540
Authors: 
Hamanaka, Shintaro
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration 28
Abstract: 
When debating the pros and cons of economic regionalism, haven't we focused enough on trade in goods at the expense of services? This article argues that regionalism is certainly a building block, not a stumbling block to a multilateral trading system, using the services liberalization scheme of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a case study. At the same time, it is critical to set out a proper institutional arrangement to ensure that regional services liberalization initiatives reinforce the global services regime. This paper proposes an amendment of the current GATS Article V to define the appropriate relationship between multilateralism and regionalism in the context of services.
Subjects: 
GATS
AFAS
ASEAN
services
regionalism
free trade
economic integration
JEL: 
F15
O19
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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