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OECD analyses the services trade elements of regional trade agreements, examining how trade has been influenced and what further measures countries can take.
- The Political Economy of Services in Regional Trade Agreements (OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No. 112)
How do services commitments in RTAs influence multilateral negotiations? Through 4 case studies of the RTAs of Chile, Japan, the EU and the US, this paper looks at political economy issues underlying RTAs in general, as well as the specific concessions that countries make on trade in services.
- Multilateralising Regionalism: How Preferential Are Services Commitments in Regional Trade Agreements? (OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No. 106)
This report examines services schedules of commitments in 56 regional trade agreements (RTAs) where an OECD country is a party. It confirms that on average RTAs in services go beyond GATS with commitments in about 72% of sub-sectors, among which 42% correspond to preferential bindings (GATS-plus commitments). In addition, the report provides an overview of rules of origin for services providers and MFN clauses in services chapters in order to see whether commitments granted might be extended to non-parties to minimise discrimination among foreign services suppliers.