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Trade in Services in South Asia
Opportunities and Risks of Liberalization

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Edited by:
  • Saman Kelegama - Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Development Economics

February 2009 | 324 pages | SAGE India
This collection of essays explores the opportunities and risks of the liberalization of trade in services in South Asia. It offers an overview of the entire region on market access and regulatory issues as defined by the GATS framework of the WTO and exposes areas for regional and bilateral liberalization. It provides policymakers and other stakeholders in the region with better comprehension of the problems pertaining to these, and consequently, shows them a clearer vision of how to overcome them.

The compilation provides insight into the offensive and defensive interests in trade in services of the whole region. The essays survey the formidable challenges that South Asia faces—cost implications, “policy space” restrictions, stakeholder managing—while trying to comply with the GATS regulations on the one hand, and the often inadequate legal provisions and regulatory structures of the individual countries, on the other. It will hold great value for students, researchers, and faculty working in the fields of Economics and Development Studies and South Asia Studies, besides being a useful resource for policy makers.
Aaditya Mattoo
Foreword
Saman KelegamaSaman Kelegama
Introduction: Opportunities and Risks of Liberalizing Trade in Services
Rupa Chanda
India
Fasih Uddin
Pakistan
Deshal De Mel
Sri Lanka
Ananya Raihan
Bangladesh
Navin Dahal
Nepal
Janaka Wijayasiri and Jagath Dissanayake
Maldives
Pema R Rinchen
Bhutan
Rashmi Banga
Liberalizing Trade in Services: A South Asian Perspective
Parashar Kulkarni
Domestic Regulation in GATS and South Asia: Integrating the Domestic Reform Agenda with GATS Disciplines
 
Index

The book provides broad directions in which services negotiations would be beneficial for the South Asian nations and is not only recommended for compulsory reading for the researchers in the area of services but is equally useful for the policy makers and trade negotiators…. It will be highly useful for the negotiations as it highlights the offensive and defensive interests of South Asian nations, both at the regional and the multilateral level. At the same time, it is very useful for the policy makers, academia and civil society working in the area of domestic regulations as it enumerates the challenges and way ahead on this topic. The language is simple and easy to understand and it is reasonably priced.

South Asia Economic Journal

This volume of essays make a very good contribution to the examination of services liberalization issues. It is highly informative, analytically well developed and it fills a much needed gap in our knowledge. It should be required reading for all policy makers engaged in this area, private sector participants and academics alike.

The Book Review

This is a volume of essays that makes a very good contribution to the examination of services liberalization issues. It is highly informative, analytically well developed, and it fills a much needed gap in our knowledge. It should be required reading for all policy makers engaged in this area, private sector participants and academics alike.

Nethra Review

The book brings into limelight the potentiality of trade in service in South Asia…. The compilation provides deep insights into the offensive and defensive interests in trade in services of the whole region.

Foreign Trade Review

We find a rich collection of country reports for each South Asian country….  This volume sheds light on the opportunities of liberalization at multi-lateral and regional levels…. This book is a good reading for those who are trade policymakers, researcher scholars and students. It is also a valuable resource for the services trade literature.

Journal of South Asian Development

This volume…is an important contribution to the limited literature on services reform in South Asia. The mosaic of perspectives on the opportunities and risks of liberalization …is bound together by an insightful introduction. These contributions will deepen the discussion on services reform in each country. The juxtaposition of country studies offers each country an opportunity to learn from the experience of others. The volume should also provoke the much-needed debate on the political feasibility and economic desirability of a more integrated regional market for services.

Aaditya Mattoo
Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank

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Late Saman Kelegama

Saman Kelegama is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and was the President of the Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) during 1999-2003.  He has published extensively on Sri Lankan and regional economic issues in both local and international journals. His latest books are: Foreign Aid in South Asia: The Emerging Scenario (2012), Trade Liberalization and Poverty in South Asia (joint editor 2011), Migration, Remittances, and Development in South Asia (2011), Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Beyond SAFTA (2010),... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353281397
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