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Making Trade in Services Supportive of Development in Commonwealth Small and Lowincome Countries

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This Economic Paper assesses new innovative measures in trade in service negotiations that reflect the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by developing countries. It outlines the approaches that can help small and lowincome countries employ the Special and Differential Treatment Arrangements provided under the WTO GATS in a manner that is practical and supportive of their economic development.

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How to Assess the Impact of Services Trade Liberalisation on Domestic vis-a-vis Foreign Service Suppliers

Assessing the impact of services trade liberalisation is a very important but extremely difficult task at present for a variety of reasons. Services face restrictions on trade that are in general greater than those on trade in goods and more complex to model and assess. Policies that restrict services trade and competition are not the same across all service sectors. The methodologies used in these attempts are still being developed, but more significantly, the data that are needed as inputs into these modelling techniques are woefully incomplete and inadequate. The difficulties are magnified for small and low-income countries where the lack of data is even more severe. This section discusses some of the complexities involved in the modelling effort, the main approaches and their limitations.77

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