This Economic Paper assesses new innovative measures in trade in service negotiations that reflect the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by developing countries. It outlines the approaches that can help small and low-income countries employ the Special and Differential Treatment Arrangements provided under the WTO GATS in a manner that is practical and supportive of their economic development.
About the Author
Patrick Macrory is an independent consultant based in Washington.Dr Sherry Stephenson is Deputy Director for Trade at the Organisation of the American States in Washington.
Table of ContentsSummary
1. Introduction: Definition of Special and Differential Treatment
2. SDT Commitments Provided to Developing Countries Under (i) the WTO GATS (ii) WTO DDA Offers Submitted so far on Services; and (iii) key North–South and South–South RTAs
3. Challenges Faced by Business Enterprises in Commonwealth Developing Countries for Maximising Export and Investment Opportunities Derived from SDT Arrangements
4. Suggested Pro-development Special and Differential Treatment Arrangements and Measures that could be Considered by Commonwealth Developing Countries Negotiating RTAs in Services
5. Methods That May Be Utilized to Assess the Impact of Services Trade Liberalisation on Domestic Vis-À-Vis Foreign Service Suppliers
6. Approaches to Advance SDT Treatment in the Multilateral Context