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Will developing countries really gain substantially from further multilateral trade liberalisation? This is a vital issue for the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a requirement for their successful conclusion.It is clear that many developing countries have benefited from multilateral trade negotiations and the resultant market-opening agreements in the decades since the Second World War.
OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No. 7. This paper applies the most advanced methodologies for measuring services barriers to calculate the restrictiveness and the impact of services barriers in selected transition economies (for telecommunications, banking and telecommunications).
OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No. 2. This study forms part of on-going OECD work on trade in services, in cooperation with UNCTAD, aimed at assisting WTO Members in managing request-offer negotiations under the GATS.
Building on a recent groundbreaking OECD/IOM/World Bank seminar, the publication on Trade and Migration examines the opportunities and challenges in the current debate as they relate to mode 4 and the current WTO services negotiations.
The meeting addressed three ongoing projects carried out by the Trade Directorate on trade in services in transition economies -- the CCNM Baltic Regional Programme, Russia Programme and South Eastern Europe project (financed by the Swedish International Development Agency - SIDA). The content and emphasis of these programmes vary, as they reflect different stages of the reform process in individual countries and regions, but all have
A large portion of benefits for developed and developing countries from services liberalisation derive not from seeking better market access abroad, but from the increased competitiveness and efficiency of the domestic market, according to this paper.
The OECD Forum on Trade in Services in South Eastern Europe took place on 24-25 June 2003 in Bucharest.
4th OECD Services Experts Meetings, 12-14 November 2003, Geneva
The paper presents the results of a survey on the Baltic States’ experience with intragovernmental co-ordination and consultations with domestic stakeholders carried out in preparation for multilateral negotiations on trade in services.
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Attached is a summary of the meeting which took place on 13-14 December in Tallinn, Estonia.