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AuthorUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
TitleAnalysis of Ways to Enhance the Contribution of Specific Services Sectors to the Development Perspectives of Developing Countries: National Experiences with Regulations and Liberalization. Examples in the Construction Services Sector and its Contribution to the Development of Developing Countries
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 2001
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The Expert Meeting on National Experiences with Regulation and Liberalization: Examples in the Construction Services Sector and Its Contribution to the Development of Developing Countries was convened upon the decision of member States taken at the consultations of the President of the Trade and Development Board on 31 March 2000 in accordance with paragraph 134 of UNCTAD X's Plan of Action as contained in document TD/386. The discussions took place at two levels, involving on the one hand General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) negotiators and on the other hand experts from national capitals. The discussions among the GATS negotiators showed the difference of views with respect to the negotiating approach in the construction services sector, where some favoured the use of the so-called cluster approach while others opposed it. The discussions among the experts from capitals demonstrated no opposing views, but differences in emphasis. The main issue of concern to them was to obtain a greater share of their domestic market for construction, particularly for projects financed by the World Bank and other donors. This concern was closely related to having a greater access to technology and financing. The participation of private business associations could play a multiplier role in developing countries by raising awareness about the World Trade Organization (WTO) processes and inviting a higher level of involvement of different constituencies in formulating national policies and positions in the trade negotiations

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