The workshop was organized jointly by UNCTAD and the COMESA Secretariat in the context of its current regional integration efforts, and in particular the negotiations of a Services Protocol between COMESA member states.
Discussions covered the following issues:
- The global services environment
- An introduction to GATS principles and obligations, 3) Regional approaches to services liberalization and negotiations
- RTAs and the multilateral trading system
- An update on GATS negotiations
UNCTAD also offered technical advice during the negotiations.
COMESA member states and the Secretariat, greatly appreciated UNCTAD´s contributions and also requested the Organization to provide further capacity building activities, as well as research inputs on specific areas.
UNCTAD was also requested on a bilateral level to assist in capacity building and impact assessment at the national level by certain COMESA member states.