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More WTO members notify preferences under the LDC Services Waiver

July 1st, 2016 by

The European Union, Brazil, India, Chile, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, Iceland and Liechtenstein have joined the list of WTO members who have notified preferential measures for LDCs under the WTO services waiver.

These new notifications increase the total number of WTO members that have notified their preferences under the waiver to 23 (including United States, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Norway, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland and Japan). WTO members that have notified their preferences are now free to implement market access preferential treatment for LDC services suppliers. Once implemented, the waiver has the potential to stimulate growth and development in LDCs by allowing them to export services to other WTO member’s markets on a preferential basis.

As reported earlier, TAF has played an important role in supporting the LDC Group on the operationalisation of the services waiver by providing technical and legal advisory support, as well as research that was used by the Group in crafting their collective request.

For more information about the LDC services waiver and to access the notifications, please visit the WTO Secretariat’s webpage.

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Nigeria Support to Nigeria Ministry of Trade and Investment

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