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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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Suggested Pro-development Special and Differential Treatment Arrangements and Measures

Devising pro-development special and differential treatment arrangements and measures to ensure that they make a difference in services competitiveness and result in increased exports of small and low-income countries is very challenging and one of the reasons that consideration of SDT has often remained in the realm of best endeavours or exhortatory clauses. To be effective, however, SDT arrangements and measures must have a concrete impact and help to improve either the competitiveness of developing country services exporters or their market access opportunities.

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