Agreement Deals With Trade In Services

Service providers may face barriers to trade abroad when faced with opaque licensing or authorization systems. The Annex to the national rules aims to promote clear and effective disciplines in national regulation in order to ensure the predictability and transparency of the authorisation or authorisation procedure. As part of this Annex, Canada is working to put in place an innovative provision to ensure that measures relating to licensing and qualification requirements and procedures do not promote discrimination on the basis of sex. Since 1995, international trade in services has been governed by the WTO`s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). “Disciplines” or contractual rules would allow all foreign suppliers to access domestic markets on terms “no less advantageous” than domestic suppliers and would limit the ability of governments to regulate, purchase and provide services. This would significantly change the regulation of many public services, privatized or commercial, moving from the public interest to the interests of private and foreign companies. [19] The creation of the GATS was one of the milestones of the Uruguay Round, the results of which entered into force in January 1995. .

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