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LDC Services Waiver

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    The LDC share in the world services exports is only 0.5%. ITC provides assistance to identify services business opportunities and build linkages in destination markets.

    After 20 years of intense negotiations, least developed country (LDC) members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are finally securing preferential access for their exports of services to the markets of both developed and developing country WTO members. The offers of access put into practice WTO ministerial decisions of 2011 and 2013 granting a ‘waiver’ for LDC services exports which puts aside the disciplines of a core WTO most-favoured nation (MFN) principle that otherwise obliges members to give equal treatment to all WTO members.

    LDC services seminar series

    ITC Trade in Services Unit, with the support of the Australian Mission in Geneva, has launched LDC Services: Geneva Practitioners Seminar Series “Making Sense of the GATS and Applying Good Practices in Services Negotiations”.

    The seminars are designed to assist LDC services delegates in Geneva by improving awareness of the challenges associated with negotiating services, share experiences including specifically with LDC private sector representatives and pass on best practices.



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