Movement of Natural Persons (Mode-4) Under GATS: Advantage Developing Countries

ICFAI Journal of International Business Law, April 2007

19 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2006 Last revised: 5 May 2013

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Dipankar Dey

University of Calcutta - Department of Business Management; Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta

Date Written: December 5, 2006

Abstract

The actual potential of Mode-4 could not be exploited for the benefit of developing countries that enjoy comparative advantage in this mode over others. The developed countries have offered almost nothing in the Mode-4 negotiation despite liberalizing labor mobility via other mechanisms. So far, the developing country policy makers have failed to exploit the comparative advantage they claim to enjoy in Mode-4. They should be blamed either for their inability to assess the true potential of this mode of service or for their failure to chalk out an effective strategy during negotiation. The Southern negotiators should prepare themselves with appropriate strategy and tactics to enable them to put pressure on their Northern counterparts, for binding the latter's commitments on liberal market access, better working condition and protection of human rights for the immigrant workers.

Keywords: GATS, Mode-4

Suggested Citation

Dey, Dipankar, Movement of Natural Persons (Mode-4) Under GATS: Advantage Developing Countries (December 5, 2006). ICFAI Journal of International Business Law, April 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=949435 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.949435

Dipankar Dey (Contact Author)

University of Calcutta - Department of Business Management ( email )

J 48 Banerjee Para
Garia
Kolkata, 700 084
India

Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta ( email )

J 48 Banerjee Para
Garia
Kolkata, 700 084
India

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