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Liberalising Labour Mobility Under the GATS

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Multipleshift systems primarily aim to extend access and minimise unit costs. However, some systems only achieve these goals at the expense of educational quality. Policymakers may be faced by difficult choices in system design.

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Executive Summary

The Uruguay Round started the first multilateral service negotiations and esulted in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The GATS recognises four modes of service delivery: Mode 1 – cross border supply; Mode 2 – consumption abroad; Mode 3 – commercial presence; and Mode 4 – presence of natural persons. As part of the built-in agenda, services negotiations resumed in the WTO in 2000 although progress so far has been organisational rather than substantive.

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