unctad.org | Workshop for COMESA member countries on understanding services trade and negotiating services trade liberalization agreements
Workshop for COMESA member countries on understanding services trade and negotiating services trade liberalization agreements
18 - 21 February 2008
Lusaka

Key Issues

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.

Notification

DFID Project on Trade in Services

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