Consultation Kit, consisting of two parts, can help to obtain detailed private sector feedback on the domestic impact of GATS
since 1995, to assess the national schedules of commitments in relation to service industry needs and to identify the concessions service exporters want from trading partners.
The existing GATS
regime of the WTO, initially established in 1994, is already comprehensive and far reaching.
The national treatment and market access rules of GATS
, as well as the domestic regulations that could be scrutinized as trade restricting, place developing countries in a legal straitjacket: the rules lock countries into commitments that may not reflect their future needs.
NZNO policy analyst Eileen Brown, who made the GATS
presentation to the board, said many people were working towards exemption of the health sector and the publication would assist in educating NZNO members about GATS
and its implications.
is a major threat both to the developed and the under-developed nations.
The WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS
) could have enormous implications for domestic laws, for developing countries, and for sustainable development, particularly for women living in poverty in developing countries.
negotiations could bypass these debates by binding the UK to a set of effectively irreversible liberalisation rules at the WTO.'
NZNO is to contribute to the Council of Trade Unions' campaign on GATS
and wants more analysis of how GATS
would affect the health sector.
"When it rang 'Gats
' and I answered and didn't hear anything, I just hung up because I thought it was TJ (James) messing around.
was right up there with Heineken Cups and Premierships in that period.
In order to compensate for the mismatch between the theoretical assumptions made by the Imbert-Fick principle and reality, GAT
was calibrated by its inventors against directly measured manometric readings of the true IOP.