Trade and Industry

Sunday, 15 June 2003

WTO Telecommunications Negotiations:How Should SADC Countries Respond?

  • Year: 2003
  • Organisation: TIPS
  • Author(s): James Hodge
  • Countries and Regions: Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Telecommunications services are an important focus for most industrial countries in the current round of trade talks in services. Initial negotiating positions and country requests by these industrial countries all call for full liberalisation of the sector. James Hodge reports that SADC countries have already embarked on reform in telecommunications but few have made commitments in the WTO and almost none propose going as far as full liberalisation in the foreseeable future.