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
Date Written: December 5, 2006
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
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