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The US administration did not push for negotiations in coastal maritime services and air transportation either. Based on Mercowur and Romero Most negotiators interviewed referred to the limited engagement of the private sector and the lack of technical preparation and understanding of the GATS.

Apart from the role of domestic interest groups, multilateral trade negotiations can also be regarded as a strategic game in which governments look for reciprocal concessions. In those sectors in which Argentina undertook commitments, they were even deeper than the OECD average. Number of negotiated commitments na Insurance services were unbound for Modes 1 and 2 market access and national treatment. The ratio is also comparatively low in OECD countries except for environmental servicesbut still higher than the Latin American average.

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The cross-country comparison of market access commitments across service sectors displays differences and similarities see Table 3. Recreational, cultural and sports services excluding audiovisual services.

Many public officials interviewed underlined that one of the major obstacles faced was not so much that of gathering the required normative information, but interpreting it in the light of what was necessary to build a national list of commitments.

Mode of supply 3 was restrained by the suspension mercosug new authorizations for establishment removed mercour Section makes a comparative assessment of the coverage and depth of the Argentine list of offers.


First, the absence of commitments should not be taken as equivalent to the existence of restrictions, since a low level of commitments can reflect strategic behaviour.

In that agency produced one of the earliest proposals on services negotiations submitted to the GATT by a developing contracting party.


Mobile telephone services and PCS were bound without restrictions, but in the case of PCS the authorities retained the capacity to determine the maximum number of operators per area. As on Berlinski y Romero The GATS offers largely reflect this phenomenon.

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

In the sector of construction and construction-related engineering services all sub-sectors were bound with no restrictions except for general construction works for civil engineering, which was excluded. Number of no-restriction commitments as percentage of number of negotiated commitments.

First, Argentina, Brazil and Chile show uneven coverage ratio across sectors. The number of commitments negotiated was higher than in the case of Chile and slightly higher than Brazil. Argentina fits in this category, since it was both an exporter of temperate agricultural products and an active member of the Cairns group.

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. Argentina undertook no market access argenhina national treatment commitments in six sectors, namely education; environment; social and healthcare; recreation, culture and sport; transport; and other services.

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. In effect, while Argentina bound Thus, the level of concessions made by one country at one point in time may be upheld with the expectation of obtaining larger gains in future bargains.

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. Where does Argentina fit? This approach may reduce leverage in esitorial multilateral as well as preferential negotiations, as shown by intra-Mercosur negotiations and other inter-regional preferential negotiations, such as that between Mercosur and the European Union. In effect, during these years Argentina entered into an ambitious process of reform editorail which economic institutions were overhauled.

The elaboration of the GATS list of commitments faced many technical and information obstacles. Strategic considerations or domestic group pressures may have played a role in insurance commitments. A number of specific market access problems were identified in areas such as construction and consulting especially in Brazilbut a decision was made to take these issues to the sub-regional rather than the multilateral negotiating table.

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According to various testimonies, meetings organized to gather information to build the Argentine offer frequently ended in a argenrina of demands over domestic policies such as tax policy rather than international negotiations. According to this view, one key factor behind trade policy formation would be the relative influence of alternative interest groups. This liberalization drive was led by the Economy Ministry, headed by the architect of the economic reforms and a former Minister of Foreign Relations Placing bargaining or strategic considerations in a secondary place as opposed to unilateral reforms may be justified on efficiency grounds.

In a few sectors such as business, insurance, construction and construction-related engineering services the pressure of domestic interest groups may have also played a role.

In line with what most countries did, in Mode 4 it includes binding commitments only for senior business employees executives, managers and specialists.

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On the other hand, statistical information on services trade was scarce, unreliable and generally unsuited for providing a basis for negotiation Marchetti Since border barriers are an exception and when they exist they are seldom the most relevant restriction on services tradenational officials had to review a large number of dispersed domestic regulations and understand their relevance for the issues under msrcosur such as market access and national treatment.

However, UDES had very limited success in mobilizing the private sector or making substantive contributions to the policy-making process. Although this summary risks misrepresenting individual opinions, we hope that it will provide an accurate account of trends and events.

On the one hand, the service sector includes a broad range of activities, most of them heavily regulated by different layers of government. Third, when the sectors mercosyr which the three countries made editoril are compared, eel services shows the highest coverage ratio, followed by communications and business services.

In effect, after the conclusion of the UR the Argentine government made commitments in the context of the negotiations for a protocol on maritime transportation, but these negotiations broke down.