Global NGOs reject changes in services by WTO

Alwar, Nov 17 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 06:06am hrs
International non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have rejected the introduction of new negotiating approaches in services at the WTO.

At an international meet at Neemrana, attended by 35 NGOs from 20 countries, representatives said that negotiations should proceed only after a comprehensive assessment is made of the impacts of past services liberalisation mandated by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (Gats). The meet was organised by Unctad India Programme and Centad.

The declaration pointed out that complementary approaches like benchmarking, qualitative and quantitative indicators and plurilateral approaches should be rejected as they undermine the existing flexibility available to countries under the present positive list architecture of Gats.