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Progressive Liberalization

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The principle of progressive liberalization is an integral part of the services negotiations. It informs the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) objective of promoting liberalization of trade in services. Art. XIX, Negotiation of Specific Commitments", clarifies the manner in which negotiations under GATS should proceed in order progressively to achieve higher levels of liberalization. Art. XX deals with the Schedules of specific commitments. The purpose of Art. XXI is to provide a framework of rules for modifying or withdrawing specific commitments. Modifications falling under the procedures of Art. XXI do not include new commitments, improvements to existing ones, or rectifications or changes of a purely technical character that do not alter the scope or the substance of the existing commitments.

Keywords: Art. XIX; Art. XX; Art. XXI; GATS

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