applies to "measures by WTO members which affect trade in services.
The only way legally to effect the EU's proposals under GATS
would be through deliberately amending the U.
September 2003: Stocktaking of GATS
by governments meeting for the Fifth Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
In addition to the general requirements that apply to all WTO Members, there are certain provisions in the GATS
that apply only if a country listed the particular service on its Schedule of Specific Commitments.
According to Deborah Bourque, vice-president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), a recent study shows that the GATS
represents a threat to the Canadian public postal system.
members agree to Most Favored Nation (MFN) treatment and transparency.
a guide to GATS
written by Auckland University professor Jane Kelsey.
will result in greater transparency, allowing firms to provide their services under predictable, stable conditions.
government requests that the GATS
, "remove restrictions on suppliers ability to establish preferred form of commercial presence, whether as subsidiary, branch or joint-venture; and at the level of equity participation preferred by the service supplier.
, any commitment, once taken, is virtually unalterable.
NZNO policy analyst Eileen Brown, who made the GATS
presentation to the board, said many people were working towards exemption of the health sector and the publication would assist in educating NZNO members about GATS
and its implications.
agreement is aimed at opening up to foreign business competition the provision of essential services like water, energy, mail, transport, education, health, etc and cutting out government control of these.