Evaluation of Commitments and Offers of Liberalisation in Environmental Services
39 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2009 Last revised: 30 Jun 2014
Date Written: November 16, 2009
This report assesses the status of commitments in environmental services that the 32 WTO Members that circulated or received the plurilateral request have made so far, both at the end of the Uruguay Round and in any improved offers during the Doha Round (at the time of writing). It then compares these environmental services commitments and improved Doha Round offers with the extent of liberalisation that these Members may have undertaken in environmental services under various bilateral or regional trade agreements. This report is designed to assist these 32 WTO Members in assessing the extent and quality of environmental services liberalisation offered in their own markets and those of their trading partners. It will also enable them to assess the extent of policy or regulatory space they have preserved in their own territories. This will help these Members to formulate an appropriate negotiating strategy on environmental services both in the WTO and any future regional trade agreements they may wish to conclude.
Keywords: General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), environmental services liberalisation, sustainable development
JEL Classification: K32, F13, F33
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