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Water and GATS: Lots of smoke but where exactly is the fire?

Written by Dirk Willem te Velde, Peter Newborne

'The prospect of developing countries making commitments on trade in water services under the General Agreement of Trade in Services has given rise to considerable controversy. Subsequent debates have revealed a great deal of confusion and have tended to produce a lot of misleading 'smoke' which makes it very difficult to see where the real 'fire' might be.'