GATS 2000: New Directions in Services Trade Liberalization

By Pierre Sauvé; Robert M. Stern | Go to book overview

Foreword

Since the end of World War II remarkable progress has been achieved in lowering barriers to trade among countries under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and most recently the World Trade Organization (WTO). Tariffs have been substantially eliminated, and many other nontariff barriers have been reduced.

It is striking, however, that while the attention of the world's shapers of trade policy has been focused principally on removing barriers to trade in goods, most of the world's economic activity, especially in the developed countries, is concentrated in services. Indeed, trade in services remains an area in which policymakers around the world find themselves grappling for answers posed by the remarkable diversity, complex regulatory geometry, and fast-changing nature of modern service economies.

This volume brings together contributions from many of the world's leading specialists in services trade to help develop a comprehensive yet workable agenda for that part of the next WTO round that will concentrate on services, specifically the "built-in" services left from the agenda of the Uruguay Round, and is called GATS 2000.

The individual chapters were originally presented at a conference in Washington, D.C., in June 1999 and since have been revised for publication under the editorial guidance of Pierre Sauvé of Harvard University and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Robert Stern of the University of Michigan. The conference was jointly sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's John E

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