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Consultations are the first step in the settlement of disputes which may arise between Members with regard to the operation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) Agreement. Art. XXII regulates consultations as a necessary prerequisite for the initiation of panel proceedings under Art. XXIII in conjunction with the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). In line with Art. IV:5 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement, Art. XXIV provides for the institutional set-up of GATS. Art. XXV creates the basis for an international regime between WTO Members concerning technical cooperation and the increasing participation of developing countries. The purpose of Art. XXVI is to enhance cooperation between intergovernmental organizations in the field of services. The need for cooperation results from the fact that the work of other intergovernmental organizations directly impacts on the work of the WTO in the area and vice versa.

Keywords: Art. XXII; Art. XXIII; Art. XXIV; Art. XXV; Art. XXVI; Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU); GATS



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