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Telecommunications and the WTO : the case of Mexico (Inglês)

The U.S.-Mexico case is the first (and so far only) case of World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution on telecommunications services and the first on services generally. The findings of the Panel charged with resolving the dispute, formally adopted by the WTO members, contain interpretations of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). WTO handling of the dispute concerning Mexico was initiated in 2000 by the U.S., following many months of bilateral efforts to resolve the issue directly between both countries. In August 2000 the U.S. requested consultations, under WTO auspices, on Mexico's obligations on basic and value-added services under the GATS Annex on Telecommunications and the Reference Paper. Successive rounds of consultations did not resolve the issues raised, and in February 2002 the U.S. formally requested the establishment of a Panel under revised claims (that no longer included value-added services). The Panel issues its final report in March 2004, agreeing mostly with the U.S. claims, but found that Mexico had not committed to allow international simple resale and thus was not in violation of its obligations on that count. Although the parties claimed not to be satisfied with all aspects of the Panel findings, neither party elected to take the Panel decision to the WTO Appellate Body. As a result, the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body adopted the Panel report, by consensus, in June 2004. The parties agreed on, and submitted to the WTO, a plan to redress the underlying problems by July 2005.


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    Galarza, Juan, Guermazi,Boutheina, Wellenius,Bjorn

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    Estados Unidos,

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    América Latina e Caribe, Restante do Mundo,

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    Telecommunications and the WTO : the case of Mexico

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