The process is described in full in ITC's GATS
Consultation Kit available online, with a descriptive video, at http://www.intracen.org/worldtradenet/docs/information/referencemat/g ats_consultation_kit.htm
If the proposed set of GATS
rules are adopted, they will radically restructure the role of government regarding public access to essential social services worldwide, to the detriment of the public interest and democracy itself.
For many developing countries, the process of negotiating commitments and rules regarding GATS
is fraught with difficulties.
She also wanted to know what would happen to the money if the health sector was exempted from GATS
The major threat of GATS
is to people in the under-developed world and there is little immediate threat to developed democracies such as ours.
is likely to have a disproportionately negative impact on women, particularly women in developing countries.
Sectors being targeted in GATS
negotiations for further opening to the free market include postal services, broadcasting and communications, care homes, healthcare and education.
Importation of cheap health labour is also likely under GATS
. According to the WTO Secretariat, "the most significant benefits from trade are unlikely to arise from the construction and operation of hospitals, but their staffing with more skilled, more efficient and/or less costly personnel than might be available on the domestic labour market".
"I was in the gym, my phone was unlocked and they were all pretending it was 'Gats
He'd be "Gats
would stand back a lot more and direct another coach.
Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT
), the gold-standard method for the measurement of IOP, and related techniques such as NCT and TonoPen, use the Imbert-Fick principle to determine this value.