Gats- Classification Framework of Mode of Delivering E-Services

The revolution in computer technology has caused many services, previously regarded as non-tradable, to be recognised as both tradable and as important contributors to international trade and development. Cross-border trade, in particular, is enhanced by the availability of electronic means of delivery and the ease with which many services can be converted into digitized information. The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) defines services through modes of supply, making no distinction between the technologies involved in delivery. In addition, Article 1 of the GATS provides for the “Schedule of Specific Commitments,” containing a specified framework for the classification of modes of supplying services through the Internet.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the four modes of delivering a service under GATS?
How are market access commitments classified?

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