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This demanded regular consultations with other public-sector agencies, such as the Central Bank, the Insurance Superintendent, the Secretaries of Communications, Transportation and Tourism, the National Immigration Service and other agencies with normative and regulatory responsibilities for public utilities.

First, Argentina, Brazil and Chile show uneven coverage ratio across sectors.

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Doing this work ideally required multi-agency teams of highly trained personnel, which were frequently scarce. In contrast to the GATT agreement, negotiating the GATS required close co-operation between different governmental agencies and an adequate understanding of a regime still in the making. Cross-border trade except for freight insurance is unbounded and the authorization of new entities is suspended however, the deregulation implemented in ended the suspension in the establishment of new insurance firms.

In effect, while Argentina bound Insurance services were unbound for Modes 1 and 2 market access and national treatment. In the five remaining service sectors of which finance and communications stand out in terms of economic significancethe extent of the commitments was comparatively generous in terms of both coverage and depth. Construction and construction-related engineering services.

The only sub-sectors unbound were services auxiliary to insurance including broking and agency servicesother financial services and new financial services except national treatment for commercial presence, bound without restrictions.


This hypothesis may be useful to understand trade policy-making in normal times, but it may shed less light during periods of stress and deep policy reform. Consequently, in the case of Chile market access commitments were concentrated in only five sectors business services, communications, financial services, tourism and transportation.

In effect, during these years Argentina entered into an ambitious process of reform in which economic institutions were overhauled. Satellite services was one of the toughest issues in negotiations with third parties, particularly the United States. Section draws some conclusions from the case study.

Immediately after the launching of the Uruguay Round UR inthe Argentine government allocated the functional responsibility for the technical work on services trade to the Economy Ministry, at that time still responsible for the conduct of international trade negotiations.

The GATS offers largely reflect this phenomenon. Although this summary risks misrepresenting individual opinions, we hope that it will provide an accurate account of trends and events. Commitments on National Treatment.

Moreover, in areas where there was not a single responsible agency such as business servicesthe task force had to engage directly in identifying existing regulations and drawing direct inputs from the private sector such editotial professional associations. Apart from that novelty, services negotiations were characterized by inherent complexities. Most negotiators interviewed referred to the limited engagement of the private sector and the lack of technical preparation and understanding of the GATS.

The ratio is also comparatively low in OECD countries except for environmental servicesbut still higher than the Latin American average. Indeed, the available evidence suggests that Argentina undertook broader and deeper commitments than its neighbours, including an outward-oriented country such as Chile. Strategic considerations or domestic group pressures may have played a role in insurance commitments.

The authors of the case studies wish to disassociate the institutions with which ediyorial are associated from opinions expressed in the case studies and from any errors or omission therein.

This may have been a reaction to the demands of the US government concerning the level of commitments to be undertaken in this sector. Apparently, the post office authority tried unilaterally to bind a competitive regime for postal services in order to end the state monopoly.


One of the first activities of the task force was to make a survey of those domestic regulations with implications for international trade in services. Brazil has yet to ratify the commitments undertaken in the Financial Services and Telecommunications protocols.


Social and healthcare services not included in 1. In the case of communications Argentina undertook commitments for approximately two-thirds of the total number of negotiable items.

Similarly, there may have existed strong bargaining considerations for upholding concessions in order to extract more reciprocal benefits in the future. Third, when the sectors in which the three countries made commitments are compared, financial services shows the highest coverage ratio, followed by communications and business services.

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The US administration did not push for negotiations in coastal maritime services and air transportation either. Argentine trade officials had traditionally focused on trade in goods particularly temperate agriculture products and were thus not prepared for undertaking international negotiations in services. Based on Berlinski and Romero Most restrictions on financial services applied to cross-border trade.

According to various testimonies, meetings organized to gather information to build the Argentine offer frequently ended argenitna a list of demands over domestic policies such as tax policy rather than international negotiations.

Section makes a comparative assessment of the coverage and depth of the Argentine list of offers.

Section briefly summarizes the factors that can shape trade policy formation. Number of no-restriction commitments. On the other sditorial, statistical information on services trade was scarce, unreliable and generally unsuited for providing a basis for negotiation Marchetti