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Harmonization of trade in services by APEC members

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  • Ishido, Hikari
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    This study maps out the degree of services trade liberalization by the APEC members toward achieving a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) and makes some comparative analyses. The study finds that the commitment level differs greatly between sensitive and less sensitive sectors, and that the commitment level under the ASEAN Framework Agreement (AFAS) package 8 is the highest among the four FTAs studied. It also finds that there are cross-country and sector-wide similarities in the pattern of service sector commitment under and across each of the FTAs; this implies that the shared domestic sensitivities can be overcome by an APEC-wide economic cooperation scheme for enhancing competitiveness (through, e.g., the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement or TPP).

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    Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 410.

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    Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 410. 2013.3
    Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper410

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    Keywords: Asia; Oceania; North America; Latin America; Trade policy; International economic integration; TPP; Trade in services; ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS); Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP); Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP);

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    1. OCHIAI Ryo & Philippa DEE & Christopher FINDLAY, 2007. "Services in Free Trade Agreements," Discussion papers 07015, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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