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In those sectors in which Argentina undertook commitments, they were even deeper than the OECD average. Domestic data and telex transmission, electronic mail, voice mail and electronic data interchange were bound with no restrictions. 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 atgentina a national list of commitments.

The GATS was regarded as something distant and unrelated to business h, probably increasing the discretion of national authorities. Satellite services was one of the toughest issues in negotiations with third parties, particularly the United States.

Cross-border trade except for freight insurance is unbounded and the authorization of new entities is suspended however, the deregulation implemented in ended the suspension in the establishment of new insurance firms.

Most negotiators interviewed referred to the limited engagement of the private sector and the lack of technical mecrosur and understanding of the GATS. Section briefly summarizes the factors that can shape trade policy formation.

Number of negotiated commitments na According to this view, one key factor behind trade policy formation would be the relative influence of alternative interest groups. 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. Apart from that novelty, services negotiations were characterized by inherent complexities.


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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. Section makes a comparative assessment of the coverage and depth of the Argentine list of offers.

Opinions expressed in the case studies and any errors or omissions therein are the responsibility of their authors and not of the editors of this volume or of the institutions with which they are affiliated. According to some interviewed, these pressures worked to a certain extent because Argentina included eritorial activities with restrictions as opposed to the original list, where no commitments were undertaken for insurance.

Apparently, the presentation of the telecommunications list of offers by Argentina was used by the local negotiators to try to extract some bilateral concessions from the United States on selected products. In distribution services, Argentina bound with no restrictions retailing and wholesale trade services and franchising.

Most restrictions on financial services applied to cross-border trade. According to various testimonies, meetings organized to gather information to build the Argentine offer aggentina ended in a list of demands over domestic policies such as tax policy rather than international negotiations.

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Number of no-restriction commitments. Construction and construction- related engineering services. On the one hand, the service sector includes a broad range of activities, most of them heavily regulated by different layers of government.

Insurance services were unbound for Modes 1 and 2 market access and national treatment. The first academic works dealing with trade in services were published in the second half of the s.


We found the case study interesting because it underlines the domestic roots of international trade policy-making and illustrates the way in which the international trade regime can be used instrumentally by national authorities willing to consolidate their policy preferences.

Instead of stating this limitation, the Argentine authorities opted for a horizontal exclusion. Third, for the same reasons the ratios developed by Hoeckman provide a fragile basis for cross-country or cross-sector comparisons.



Based on Berlinski and Romero These exclusions were not unique to the Argentine offer, but very much in line with those of other developing countries, which have mecosur undertaken very few commitments in these areas. Section draws some conclusions from the case study. Moreover, in areas where there was not a single responsible agency such as business servicesthe task force had to engage directly in identifying existing regulations and drawing direct inputs from the private sector such as professional associations.

On the other hand, statistical information on services trade was scarce, unreliable and generally unsuited for providing a basis for negotiation Marchetti 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. The authors of the case studies wish to disassociate the institutions with which they are associated from opinions expressed in the case studies and from any errors or omission therein.

This may have been a reaction to the demands of the US government concerning the level argfntina commitments to be undertaken in this sector. In line with what most countries did, in Mode 4 it includes binding commitments only for senior business employees executives, managers and specialists.

In addition, the extended regulations which typically characterize the service sector demanded a significant effort to understand their meaning and significance from the standpoint of market access and national treatment.

Similarly, there may have existed strong bargaining considerations for upholding concessions in order to extract more reciprocal benefits in the future. This approach may reduce leverage in future 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.