Services/General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
outcome likely at MC11 on domestic regulation in services
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 9 November 2017)
large majority of developing and least developed countries rejected
on Tuesday (7 November) the revised draft negotiating proposal for
an outcome on disciplines on domestic regulation of trade in services
at the upcoming World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Buenos
unlikely on domestic regulation in services at MC11
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 25 October 2017)
proposed multilateral outcome on enhanced disciplines for domestic
regulation in trade in services by major developed and some developing
countries at the upcoming World Trade Organization ministerial meeting
in Buenos Aires almost evaporated on Monday (23 October) following
unbridgeable divisions on the need to finalize any decision at this
juncture, trade negotiators told SUNS.
eludes trade ministers at Marrakesh
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
just-concluded informal trade ministerial summit in Marrakesh on 10
October brought into sharp focus the linkages between fisheries subsidies
and improvements in the Doha trade remedy rules, and between the permanent
solution for public stockholding programs and domestic support.
urge WTO Members to abandon expansionist agenda
Raja, Geneva, 10 October 2017)
300 civil society organisations (CSOs) from more than 150 countries
have raised the alarm that some members of the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) are "pushing a dangerous and inappropriate new agenda"
in the run-up to the WTO's eleventh ministerial conference (MC11)
in Buenos Aires beginning on 10 December.
Africa resist IC moves to finalize outcomes in GATS DR at MC11
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 6 October 2017)
and the African Group have expressed sharp concern over attempts to
finalize outcomes in the domestic regulation for trade in services
by major industrialized countries and their allies in the developing
world without adhering to the work done in the 2009 and 2011 texts,
services negotiators told SUNS.
re-calibrates its TFS proposal
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 3 August 2017)
has re-calibrated its proposal on trade facilitation for services
(TFS) at the World Trade Organization by suggesting that the proposed
TFS agreement will only cover commitments scheduled under the General
Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), trade envoys told the SUNS.
approach to MC11 outcomes to ensure comfort for US?
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 22 June 2017)
to finalize a formulaic approach of outcomes for the World Trade Organization's
eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires this December are being
intensified with the sole aim of ensuring that the United States remains
comfortable without having to undertake any fresh commitments, according
to people familiar with the development.
to import parts of failed TiSA into services DR thwarted
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 11 May 2017)
developing and least-developed countries on Tuesday (9 May) thwarted
attempts by the Chair of the World Trade Organization Working Party
on Domestic Regulation to steam-roll discussions on proposals, apparently
incorporated from the failed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations,
services negotiators told SUNS.
unchanged on public stockholding, SSM, HOD told
Raja, Geneva, 10 May 2017)
informal Heads of Delegation meeting at the World Trade Organization
on Monday showed that members remain sharply divided on the key issues
and possible deliverables at MC11 in Buenos Aires, with a large majority
of developing countries insisting that the focus should be based on
the Doha Work Programme and Nairobi Ministerial decisions, and not
on any new issues like E-commerce or investment facilitation.
TFS proposal gets little support
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 5 May 2017)
of the African Group and least-developed countries on Wednesday (3
May) raised several systemic concerns over India's draft negotiating
proposal for facilitating trade in services at the World Trade Organization.
TFS draft faces sharp questions, intense scrutiny
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 20 March 2017)
developing and least-developed countries, including members of the
African Group, sharply questioned India at the World Trade Organization
(WTO) on Thursday (16 March) over its proposal to negotiate a standalone
agreement on Trade Facilitation for Services (TFS) without any prior
mandate, services negotiators told SUNS.
draft legal proposal for TFS
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 28 February 2017)
has called for substantial improvements in several articles of the
World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services
(GATS) to "facilitate the movement of information, data, technology
and natural and juridical persons in an increasingly globalized and
digitized world," according to the draft legal text reviewed
room process on services domestic regulation
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 6 February 2017)
WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevedo, held a green room meeting Thursday
(2 February) on domestic regulation in services to prepare the ground
for a possible outcome in this area at the forthcoming Ministerial
Conference in Buenos Aires end of 2017.