Which Agreement Deals With Trade In Service

21 12 2020

While the overall goal of the GATS is to remove barriers to trade, members are free to decide which sectors will be progressively “liberalized” (i.e. commercialized and privatized); What type of delivery would apply to a particular sector and to what extent this “liberalisation” will take place over a fixed period of time. Members` obligations are governed by a ratchet effect: obligations are unilateral and cannot be terminated after resolution. The reason for the rule is to create a stable business climate (i.e. a market). However, Article XXI allows members to withdraw their commitments and, so far, two members have made use of this option (the United States and the EU). In November 2008, Bolivia announced that it was withdrawing its health commitments. The provision of many services often requires the simultaneous physical presence of the producer and the consumer. There are therefore many cases where, in order to be commercially reasonable, trade obligations must extend to cross-border consumer movements, the establishment of a commercial presence in a market or the temporary free movement of the service provider. The agreement has been criticized for the secrecy surrounding the negotiations. The front page of the negotiating document leaked by Wikileaks reads: “Declassify on: five years after the TISA agreement came into force or, if no agreement enters into force, five years after the conclusion of the negotiations.” [2] Because of this practice, it is not possible to be informed of the liberalisation rules that the participating countries propose for the future agreement.

Only Switzerland has the practice of making public on the Internet all the proposals it has made to the other parties since June 2012. [5] The European Union did not publish its “offer” for TISA until July 2014[14] after the Wikileaks revelation. The EU says its trade agreements do not prevent any government from providing services in areas such as water, education, health and social services. [9] The EU has stated that companies outside its borders are not allowed to provide publicly funded health or social services. [9] The EU has made its position papers, offers and negotiating reports available online. [10] The inclusion of chapters on trade in services in free trade agreements aims to create stable, transparent, predictable and non-discriminatory conditions for EFTA service providers operating in partner markets (and vice versa).


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