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AuthorUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
TitleList of Economic Needs Tests in the GATS Schedule of Specific Commitments
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 1999
Connect tohttp://161.200.145.45/docs/en/poitcdtsbd8.en.pdf
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Abstract: The paper stipulates that developing countries have exhibited comparative advantage of trade in services through the movement of natural persons, but economic needs tests remain an important barrier. It therefore suggests to create multilateral guidelines related to criteria, duration and procedures for application of such tests. Furthermore, developing countries would benefit if non-application of economic needs tests were to be extended to selected services sectors. The use of economic or similar tests in other instruments regulating market access should be prevented. In addition, each WTO member country could establish thresholds below which such tests would not apply by way of minimum quotas for entry of natural persons supplying services


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