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Analysis of the effects of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organization on municipal services, particularly water, sewage, waste management, and transit.

TitleFrom global to local: GATS impacts on local Canadian municipalities
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSwenarchuk, M.
Paginationv, 51 p.
Date Published2002-05-01
PublisherCanadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Place PublishedOttawa, Ont, Canada
ISBN Number0886273021
Keywordseconomic development, impact assessment, international level, investment, legislation, policies, sdipol, ueik
Abstract

Analysis of the effects of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organization on municipal services, particularly water, sewage, waste management, and transit. It focuses on impacts of the GATS on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) policies regarding environmental services, transportation, and infrastructure.
In the part related to water and sewage services, the author states that although a specific commitment for water services was not made, commitments were made for engineering for water supply and sanitation services, sanitation and similar services, business services including technical testing and quality control, and general construction services.The result is that engineering, construction, and technical and quality testing for sewage and water services are substantially covered by GATS obligations.

Custom 1202.7, 302.7
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