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Services Trade Liberalisation in South Asia


  • Raihan, Selim


Over the last three decades, the services sector has boomed in the South Asian countries. Alongside the growth, liberalisation of the services trade too has become a critical economic agenda for these economies. Some of their services sectors have been liberalised as part of their commitment under GATS. Under the request-offer process of GATS, there have been requests from other developing and developed countries to open up services sectors of the South Asian countries. Additionally, they have also taken steps for the unilateral liberalisation of the sector. South Asian countries have also taken initiatives to liberalise trade in services among themselves. The latest development of these initiative is the South Asian Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS) in 2010. This paper looks at the major issues related to the services trade liberalisation in South Asia.

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  • Raihan, Selim, 2013. "Services Trade Liberalisation in South Asia," MPRA Paper 46077, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:46077

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    1. Rupa Chanda, 2011. "Impact of Services Trade Liberalization on Employment and People Movement in South Asia," Trade Working Papers 23197, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    2. Raihan, Selim & Khondker, Bazlul Haque, 2010. "Backward and Forward Linkages of the Textile and Clothing Industry in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan," MPRA Paper 41231, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Khondaker Golam Moazzem & Mehruna Islam Chowdhury & Saifa Raz, 2014. "Bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): Opportunities and Challenges for Bangladesh – Framework Issues," CPD Working Paper 107, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

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    Services trade liberalisation; South Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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