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Revitalising WTO services negotiations through development-friendly complementary approaches

Working papers

Written by Dirk Willem te Velde

Market access negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda ( DDA) have given the least attention to the services sectors. Deadlines for requests and offers have been largely ignored; most offers provide little in the way of new commitments to market access, and there has been little political impetus to date in generating a more energetic negotiation in the services sectors. On the eve of the Hong Kong Ministerial, we provide a number of specific ideas that would improve the capacity of developing countries to participate in the services negotiations as well as to outline how technical assistance (TA) and trade capacity building can assist developing countries in generating a more dynamic services economy to meet their development needs.

Richard B. Self and Dirk Willem te Velde