chapter  13
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General Agreement on Trade in Services

The provision of services has become one of the most important determinants of

global GDP and trade. Thus it has critical implications for human development.

Efficient and equitable infrastructure and social services are crucial to countries’

competitiveness and people’s well-being. Excluding public services, services

account for more than 60 per cent of GDP in industrial countries and 50 per cent

in developing countries (Corner House, 2001).