New Delhi insists on flexibility on movement of professionals
In an effort to help governments address climate change goals and the global impact of Covid-19, five members — Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Switzerland — have pitched for a greater opening of architectural design, engineering, consulting, and construction services at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The pitch, made at the ‘Trade in Services’ negotiations at the WTO this week, led to a mixed reaction from members with India reminding everyone the importance of built-in flexibilities for developing countries provided by the General Agreement for Trade in Service (GATS), a Geneva-based trade official told BusinessLine.
In their joint paper, Australia, and the four other members, said its objective was to make environmental-related services trade more affordable through increased market opening by WTO members.
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