Roundtable Discussions

Trade in Services through the Temporary Presence of Natural Persons: A Win-Win Formula for Egypt and the EU

Date : 1/6/2008

Speakers : Magda Shahin, TRAC-AmCham; Akrum Bastawi, Consultant

With the stall of negotiations under the WTO Doha Development Agenda (DDA), many countries have been pursuing bilateral and regional preferential trade arrangements in the area of trade in services. In the context of these arrangements and the Association Agreement between Egypt and the EU, this roundtable discussion explored the one specific area of trade in services of particular interest to Egypt: the liberalization of services' delivery through the temporary presence of natural persons, or what is known as ‘Mode 4’ under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).