Trade in Services: The Doha Development Agenda Negotiations and U.S. Goals [September 12, 2005] [open pdf - 101KB]
The United States and the other 147 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are engaged in a set or 'round' of negotiations called the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The DDA's main objective is to refine and expand the rules by which WTO members conduct foreign trade with one another. A critical element of the DDA round is the negotiations pertaining to foreign trade in services. Trade in services has been covered under multilateral rules only since 1995 with the entry into force of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and of the Uruguay Round Agreements creating the WTO. [...] WTO negotiators are looking at completing the Doha Development Agenda Round by the end of 2006. U.S. negotiators also face the June 30, 2007 deadline at which time the President's trade promotion authority will expire. Under this authority, trade agreements are given expedited (limited debate, no amendments) congressional consideration. [...] This report will be updated as events warrant.
CRS Report for Congress, RL33085
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