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A Handbook on the GATS Agreement
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  • Page extent: 106 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.32 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 382/.92
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: HF1379 .H3664 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • General Agreement on Trade in Services--(1994)
    • Foreign trade regulation
    • International trade
    • Tariff

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521850711 | ISBN-10: 0521850711)

DOI: 10.2277/0521850711

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This handbook aims to provide a better understanding of GATS and the challenges and opportunities of the ongoing negotiations. For users who are familiar with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), similarities and differences are pointed out where relevant. Likewise, for users who are familiar with the balance-of-payments definition of 'trade', departures from the Agreement's coverage are explained. To stimulate further thinking about the core concepts and implications of the Agreement, several text boxes have been included to provide 'food for thought', and at the end of each chapter test questions have been added to recapitulate and ensure understanding of the core content.

• Written by WTO specialists on the GATS • Unique handbook on GATS • Suitable for students as well as for specialists


Introduction; Basic purpose and concepts; Main building blocks: agreement, annexes, and schedules; A closer look at domestic regulation; How the GATS is administered; Role and responsibilities of member governments; The challenges ahead; Preparing requests and offers; Misconceptions about the GATS; A.I Understanding your country's services trade; A.II Relevant services statistics and classifications; A.III General Agreement on Trade in Services.

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