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The Way Forward

Rupa Chanda

in Integrating Services in South Asia

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069959
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080021 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069959.003.0009
The Way Forward

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This chapter emphasizes the importance of adopting a gradual approach to services negotiations in South Asia under the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA). In particular, it examines several cross-cutting issues that would need to be addressed if any progress is to be made with regional services integration. These issues include investment and taxes, transport, regional mobility of service providers, research and development, trade facilitation, regulatory cooperation, and information collection and dissemination within the region. This chapter also describes the nature of commitments that could be undertaken by individual member countries under SAFTA and the approach that could be adopted to address important cross-cutting issues. In addition, it considers the possibility of a General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)-type architecture.

Keywords: South Asia; South Asian Free Trade Agreement; SAFTA; services; investment; taxes; transport; trade; cooperation; research and development

Chapter.  4733 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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