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LDC Services: Geneva Practitioners Seminar series “Making Sense of the GATS and Applying Good Practices in Services Negotiations”.

  • ITC Trade in Services Unit, with the support of the Australian Mission in Geneva, has launched a 6 month interactive LDC Services: Geneva Practitioners Seminar Series “Making Sense of the GATS and Applying Good Practices in Services Negotiations”.

    The seminars, which are by invitation only, with discussion closed to public reporting, are designed to assist LDC services delegates in Geneva by improving awareness of the challenges associated with negotiating services, share experiences including specifically with LDC private sector representatives and pass on best practices.

    The seminars, which are by invitation only, with discussion closed to public reporting, are designed to assist LDC services delegates in Geneva by improving awareness of the challenges associated with negotiating services, share experiences including specifically with LDC private sector representatives and pass on best practices.

       

     Seminar 1: Why the GATS matters to LDCs

    The first extremely well attended seminar on “Why the GATS matters to LDCs” took place on Monday, 8 December 2014. It provided an introductory base on why trade in services is important for LDCs and why and how the GATS is relevant and important for LDCs.

     

    Seminar 2: Key Sectoral Issues and Domestic Regulation

    On 26 February 2015, ITC held the second seminar on “Key Sectoral Issues and Domestic Regulation”. The seminar brought together international trade experts from WTO, ITC, UNCTAD as well as international speakers from UK, Zambia, Bangladesh and Lao PDR to provide insights into some key sectors, such as financial services, ICT services/BPO and business/ professional Services.

     

    Seminar 3: Key Sectoral Rules and Negotiating Issues  

    On 27 February 2015, ITC held the third seminar on “Key Sectoral Rules and Negotiating Issues”. The seminar featured guest speaker from COMESA Business Council and covered various key sectors of interest to LDCs, such as tourism, transport & logistics, construction, recreation, entertainment, culture-related services and creative industry services. 

     

    Seminar 4: Services in Global Value Chains: Key Issue for LDCs

    On 27 March 2015, the fourth seminar in the series brought together experts from the WTO, ITC, and elsewhere to share insights on the role of services in international production networks.

     

    Seminar 5: Services in Bilateral, Regional, and Plurilateral Negotiations: Implications for the GATS and for LDCs

    On 27 May 2015, the fifth seminar in the series enabled further discussion between LDC delegates and experts from the WTO, EABC, and ESF on services and GATS-related issues in FTAs, EPAs and other negotiations. In particular, discussions were focused on the evolving structure, new directions of services chapters in FTAs and RTAs, BITs and the GATS, mode 4, as well as challenges and opportunities for LDCs