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Annex on Negotiations on Basic Telecommunications

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Even though the US pushed for liberalization in the basic telecommunications sector, the US was unwilling to grant full most-favoured-nation (MFN) treatment to other Members unless they agreed to bind themselves to full market access and national treatment in the sector. MFN is one of the most fundamental obligations under the GATS. Even though it is possible to schedule some exemptions to the MFN obligations, this could be done only before the entry into force of the WTO Agreement or today only upon accession by a new Member and such exemptions should, in principle, not exceed 10 years. Pursuant to the Decision on Negotiations on Basic Telecommunications, the Members continued the negotiations, which were originally scheduled to be concluded by 30 April 1996.

Keywords: most-favoured-nation (MFN) treatment; negotiations; telecommunications



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